Last summer, Olympian Ryan Lochte became the subject of considerable and much-deserved scrutiny after reporting having been robbed at gunpoint. It was quickly discovered that Lochte had fabricated the whole story as a cover-up for his own rude, drunken antics. Now, in a recent ESPN profile on the swimmer, Lochte has admitted to having considered ending his life in the fallout of the scandal.
“After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world,” he said. “There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, ‘If I go to bed and never wake up, fine.’"
“I was about to hang up my life entirely,” he added when asked directly if he considered suicide.
The athlete also opened up about his life after the fallout from the incident, saying: “Everything happens for a reason. Look, I was done with swimming back in 2013. I was drained, wiped out ... Now I’ve found a new purpose with my son. This fire has been ignited, and it’s bigger than ever, and I’m just so excited because I know what’s going to happen in Tokyo.”
“Everyone is going to have to watch out!”
Later in the interview when asked to reflect on the international kerfuffle, Lochte added: "You learn from your mistakes ... Am I going to be perfect [in the future]? No ... My first fight I got knocked down. I was so scared before that. But then I realized I wasn't made of glass. I could get back up."
The interview concludes on a wistful note: "When you see me on TV wearing headphones by the pool? There isn't any music playing."
You can read the full profile over here.
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