SportsRyan Lochte's Weird Rio Robbery Story Got Even Weirder
What's really going on?
Ryan Lochte's got some 'splaining to do. Lochte, who besides winning his twelfth Olympic medal in Rio, told everyone he was allegedly held at gunpoint by men posing as police officers. Lochte and some other swimmers were returning from a night of partying when they were pulled over, and then robbed. Rio officials were embarrassed, but also confused, because if you're robbed at gunpoint, don't you want to call the police? The IOC said the robbery was a rumor that didn't happen. Then it was confirmed.
"They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground—they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like, we didn't do anything wrong, so—I'm not getting down on the ground," Lochte said. "And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead, and he said, 'Get down,' and I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet—he left my cellphone, he left my credentials."
That's right—Ryan Lochte, a man who has referred to himself as both "Reezy" and "The Lochtenator"—retold the story of having a gun to his head with the nonchalance of someone answering the question, "We don't have Coke, is Pepsi okay?" But you know what? That's Reezy for us, just classic laid-back Lochtenator, so people dropped it. Until the Brazilian government got involved.
Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, two of the American swimmers who were with Lochte at the time of the robbery, were pulled off their flight back to the U.S. to answer questions about the incident. And Bentz and Conger were definitely eager to get out of Brazil, arriving at the airport more than five hours before their scheduled flight. Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, the other two swimmers involved, were asked to turn over their passports, but Lochte has been back in America for days. Feigen is still in Rio and is cooperating.
On Wednesday night, according to Matt Lauer, Lochte has "softened" or "stepped back" in the retelling of the story, most notably that they were not pulled over by men posing as police, but rather that they had stopped at a gas station and the incident happened there. And, instead of a gun being pressed to Lochte's forehead, he now says it was "pointed in my direction." A sticky situation to be sure, but now made even stickier by a new report that there's allegedly footage from the gas station of Lochte fighting with security, and that the swimmers caused damage at the gas station, which they "paid for in cash."
If true, it's a real bummer. You'd hope that everyone can just safely return to the U.S. without having broken any laws or damaged any property—besides, of course, getting your newly bleached hair in a chlorine pool.