Locht-ed at the Gate

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL– On August 14, Ryan Lochte told a reporter and Brazilian authorities that he, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen were out the previous night, when their lives were endangered. He claimed they had been the victims of an alleged armed robbery while in their taxi cab en route to the Olympic Village, on their way back from a party.

Video footage showed the group arriving back at the Olympic Village in high spirits, even joking with one another. And when questioned that day by Brazilian authorities to corroborate the story, the swimmers failed to provide similar accounts of the night.

However, in many following interviews, Ryan Lochte changed many of the minor details in his story, like including that they stopped at a gas station and the gun was pointed not directly at his head, but “in his general direction.”

On August 18, the gas station owner told news sources that the party had publicly urinated on the property. The owner also said the athletes vandalized the restroom by breaking a soap dispenser, damaging the mirror, and breaking the door, when they could not enter.

A Brazilian judge ordered that the swimmers turn in their passports and not leave the country until there is a trial. Lochte flew back to the United States before this statement was put out, but as for his teammates, Bentz and Conger were pulled off their flight when trying to leave.

Feigen was given back his passport, but only after he donated $11,000 to charity for lying to the authorities.

This week, Ryan Lochte announced that he takes full responsibility for the incident, and has admitted the case may not have been as life threatening as he made it sound.

“I over-exaggerated that story,” Lochte, 32, told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview, a day after posting an apology online.

When asked why he added dramatic details, Lochte reasoned that he had been extremely intoxicated. He later continued to say he justified his actions by giving some money to the gas station’s owner, to pay for the damages.

As a result, within 24 hours, all of Lochte’s sponsors decided to drop him, including Ralph Lauren, Speedo, Gentle Hair Removal, and Airweave.

The U.S. Olympic Committee said there will be a punishment for Lochte’s actions , but they have not decided on what yet.

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