Ryan Lochte stands by statements about being robbed in Rio
Fourth Estate Staff
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (4E) – Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. Olympian swimmers are being investigated by Brazilian officials after it is believes that they lied about being robbed in Rio.
Despite the investigation, Lochte reportedly stand by his story, which is they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio as they were on their way to the Olympic village. Accordingly, the robbers posed as police officials as they stopped the cab the swimmers were in. The robbers then took their wallet, money, other personal belongings but left their cell phone and credentials.
Aside from Lochte , the other swimmers were identified as Gunnar Bentz , Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen . Brazilian officials said the swimmers reported the incident took place at around 4 A.M. but got to the Olympic village at around 7 A.M., which they find suspicious.
Brazilian Judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop the ordered Feigen and Lochte’s passports to be seized. Lochte arrived in the U.S. before the order but the three others remain in Brazil and hae been detained for questioning. U.S. Olympic Committee spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement that the men were released but they have to go back for discussions about the incident on Thursday.
Lochte recently said in a statement, “I wouldn’t make up a story like this nor would the others. As a matter of fact, we all feel it makes us look bad. We’re victims in this and we’re happy that we’re safe.” However, there have been conflicting statements from Lochte as he originally said that the robbers pointed a gun to his forehead but in his recent statement, he said that the gun was pointed in his direction.
Another conflicting statement is that Lochte said they were stopped somewhere they were not able to identify in his original version of the story. When asked again, he said they were robbed at a gas station where they stopped to use the comfort room.