Ryan Lochte has apologized on social media for his not being “more careful and candid” when he recounted the robbery story. He has accepted his role in “taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics,” but he fails to recount exactly what happened. He adds that a language barrier and a gun pointed at him was ‘traumatic,’ but stresses he should have been more responsible.
— Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) August 19, 2016
This apology comes after The USOC confirmed the gas station bathroom was vandalized. “The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members. We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States. On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence.”
But the Today Show did their own investigation claiming there was no damage to the bathroom or it was already fixed. An associate of Us Magazine spoke with the security guard at the gas station who says, “These guys came here causing trouble … but we did not touch them at all. There was never any physical contact. I only showed my gun … I did not order them to lay down on the floor and the gun was certainly not pointed in anyone’s face. Everything that took place that evening was within the rights of the law.” He said he couldn’t comment anymore over the on-going police investigation.
Swimmer James Feigen paid $11,000 to obtain his passport and resolve his portion of the case.
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