Olympian Swimmer Ryan Lochte Embarrasses US with Fabricated Story of Robbery


During this year`s summer Olympics, American swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed he and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Rio De Janeiro. The world was shocked by his original account of being pulled over and robbed by men claiming to be police officers

Loche stated the men put a gun to his head and took cash from his wallet. However, after a few days, video surveillance footage surfaced proving that Ryan Lochte`s account of that night was, in fact, fabricated

Two of the swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, gave testimony to police describing what happened after they saw Lochte`s false testimony on the news.. Bentz testified that the swimmers publicly urinated around the gas station, and Lochte damaged a sign, a soap dispenser, and the bathroom door.

Consequently, the Olympians were confronted about the damages and that’s when the confrontation ensued. Fernando Deluz, a civilian, was walking by when the situation was escalating and stopped to translate for the athletes. His account states, “There was a moment when they tried to escape, and that’s when the security guards stopped them.” After a few moments the swimmers gave the security guards fifty dollars for the damages and they were sent on their way.

Once the facts of that night were revealed by investigators, Brazil sought to prevent the athletes from leaving the country and hoped to pursue criminal charges. Lochte had already left the country before the police could detain him. He went on record giving an apology stating, “I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend, for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning.”

Although he has apologized many Brazilians feel his actions tainted Rio De Janeiro and are very unhappy with the situation and his apology. Rodrigo Mattos a very well-known Brazilian sports commentator said, “Lochte apologizes but doesn’t admit lying…he’s still portraying himself as a victim.”

As for the International Olympics Committee, they reported that they will soon start their disciplinary inquiry for the four swimmers, ensuring there will be some consequence.