Never trust a man-fish: This week's story about the robbery of Ryan Lochte, as told by Lochte himself, was apparently totally made up. In actuality: turns out Ryan and his crew of swimmer-bros were actually mega-trashed and had vandalized a gas station in a drunken stupor. They made up the tale of their victimization either out of confusion or as a diversionary tactic.
CNN reports that closed-circuit footage of Lochte and his boys (James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz) revealed the lie. Feigan and Conger also admitted to police that the story Lochte told was untrue. The two were then held by officials for questioning before being allowed to leave Rio. Lochte himself had already returned to the USA, and Bentz's whereabouts are unknown.
Despite the seriousness of the crime, charges against the athletic hoodlums are unlikely. Ugh.
"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," Scott Blackmun, the US Olympic Committee's CEO, said in a statement. "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," he added.
Details on how the robbery narrative came about are fuzzy, but official statements claim that an "argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment. Once the security officials received money from the athletes, the athletes were allowed to leave."
The internet was quick to note the disparity in the coverage of this incident. It rightfully spawned an almost endless series of essays on privilege. The incident is a good example of how racial and gender politics still play a part in athletic competitions and international affairs.