Three detained American swimmers “are cooperating” and providing “further statements to the Brazilian authorities” on Thursday, according to the United States Olympic Committee.

It’s occurring at the so-called Rio Tourist Police station near Ipanema Beach, where a massive throng of international media are stationed for a perp walk.

Yeah, it’s come to this: The story of the Olympics, a likely fake claim of robbery at the end of a drunken night of debauchery turned into global story courtesy of a publicity-mad swimmer-turned-reality-TV-star who, unlike his three buddies – teammates Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz – is home safe in the United States.

This is likely bad news for Ryan Lochte, who appears to have found his three compatriots throwing him under the bus to authorities. At least two of the swimmers are at the jail, and have reportedly told police Lochte made up the story.

Ryan Lochte had said he was robbed at gunpoint by people impersonating police officers. (Reuters)View photos
Ryan Lochte said he was robbed at gunpoint by people impersonating police officers. (Reuters)
Not that Lochte could have envisioned this coming. So press-addicted as he is, he apparently can’t comprehend the drama and difficulties he’s left behind in Rio as he continues to fan the rage of the Brazilians.
Down here, authorities not only don’t believe his story of being mugged at gunpoint Sunday, but also see his whole story as nothing but an attempt to further denigrate and humiliate the nation and its law enforcement.

The truth is Ryan Lochte was safe and secure in Rio. The Brazilians have thus far done an admirable job guarding Olympic venues, housing and transportation, especially for the athletes. Perfect, no, but it’s never perfect.

If some of them want to run the streets of Rio at night on their own, as Lochte’s quickly unraveling story is based on, well, that’s on them and against all of the recommendations provided them or common sense of living in a major city – here or at home.

As angry as the Brazilians are with Lochte, his fellow swimmers should be even more heated. None of this becomes an international incident without Lochte trying to turn it into a Kardashian-esque marketing opportunity.

If this was a good night celebrating Olympic achievement turned unnecessarily wild and then decidedly bad night, well, it happens. No matter what did or did not occur, it appears everyone survived unscathed. Move on and one day laugh over it.

Even the IOC agrees. “We have to understand that these kids were trying to have fun,” IOC Rio Games spokesperson Mario Andrada said. “They came here, they represent their country to the best of their ability. They train for years. They competed under gigantic pressure. I understand they’re under investigation. I can’t go much further into the details.

“But let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all times. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on.”

Of course, Lochte is 32 years old, and no “kid.” Lochte’s publicity machine kicked in as word of the robbery leaked to the press, with Lochte’s mother as a confirming source. Then his team of representatives pushed back on the doubts from Rio police and the IOC.

[Related: Rio 2016 official on Lochte scandal: ‘Let’s give these kids a break’]

Then Lochte just couldn’t shut up and had to go on NBC with Billy Bush – whose full-time job is with Access Hollywood – and describe an outrageous series of events.

“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte said. “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.

“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.”


  1. Jail them,too disgusting man. Why 2ould they lie about something like that and Brazil already have a bad representation from the video of how the little thieves them just run up on ppl grabbing them stuff and running make a fine ass example out of them I say.

  2. They are too damn trouble making! I can bet my last dollar that Lochte was the main troublemaker in the incident & no doubt instigated the lie that followed because trouble makers always know when to cut before the trouble catch up to them while leaving their puppets in it.

    Brazil is already viewed as a country with a serious crime problem so I don’t think they are overacting in this situation as they should not allow a bunch of a**holes to come in & further tarnish their image based on a lie. It’s a crime there to report falsely to the police so they should face the law for what they did.

  3. These nasty BASTARDS may have caused the police to run up in the favelas, or cause innocent youths to get accosted for their amerikkkan entitled asses!

    God bless the judge to call out their BULLSHIT !

    Phuck the reporter whore on the today show a ask bout “rights to take Amerikkkanz off a flight”! Whore you on Brazil turf. Entitled scum suckers!

    Good evening, Met :maho

  4. What ah rass ting!! An here mi did ah ask what reason him wudda have fi tell such ah lie pan di people dem. Glad them call him out.

  5. instead of goin to olympics guh create history as a great swimmer yuh goin down in history as a lieing ass maddafuucker, dis lie is di only ting you will be remembered for loll

  6. Met dem go a di pple dem place go shit pon di grung inna di walk way a di gas station and tru dem get ketch…a dat a di lie dem come wid cause dem nuh waah look like fool..but now dem look like shit hate dem bloodclaat

  7. As if it’s not bad enough I here cussing Rio these Cu..nthole tarnishing the ppl them more than it already is.

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