UPDATE, 2:33 p.m. ET: We are learning more about Lochte’s close call during the hold-up, and the details are scary!
The other swimmers complied, but at first Lochte refused, since he hadn’t done anything wrong.
That’s when, according to the report, one of the robbers put a gun to Lochte’s head (!) and cocked it (!!), and asked for the swimmer’s wallet.
Lochte obliged, of course, and it appears that the swimmers involved were unharmed. Crazy…
Also, on a more humorous note, there’s this (below):
This story is scary — or just plain weird.
He was unharmed, thankfully, but Ileana Lochte told reporters that the star American athlete was on his way to a party with a group of people — including at least one of his US teammates — when they were mugged.
She said to USA Today (below):
“I think they’re all shaken up. There were a few of them. No, they were just, they just took their wallets and basically that was it.”
Scary!!! …but also, maybe not true!
Lochte’s personal coach, David Marsh, disputed Ileana’s claim about the mugging, saying his swimmer “was not held up.” Furthermore, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the story of the swimmer getting robbed at gunpoint was “absolutely not true.”
Allegedly, things went down early Sunday morning when Lochte and a teammate grabbed a cab to go hang out with Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira.
The cab stopped to get gas, and a group of people confronted the pair with guns and knives — and according to Ileana, who says Lochte texted her after the event, the robbers made off with his wallet.
Lochte took home a gold medal in this year’s Olympics — at the 4×200 freestyle relay — but he’s been done swimming since Thursday, hence the late night run yesterday evening.
Whatever is going on — robbery at gunpoint or not — let’s just hope these Olympians stay safe…
[Image via TNYF/WENN.]