Before the Olympics even began, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the health and safety conditions in Rio, and last weekend’s story of Ryan Lochte getting held up at gunpoint might be the worst we’ve heard — if it’s true!
Over the weekend, the famed swimmer claimed that he and other Olympic athletes Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen were robbed by men pretending to be cops. Well as you may know, the Brazilian police haven’t exactly been overly willing to trust the US swimmer’s story.
While the Government wanted to question the 32-year-old, he had already left the country and was back home in the states. However, Brazil was able to detain Bentz and Conger — who have now been released — and questioned them about what went down. A rep for the United States Olympic Committee released a statement in response to the release, saying:
“Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained Wednesday night shortly before their flight was scheduled to depart from Rio. They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday. James Feigen is also communicating with local authorities and intends to make further statements regarding the incident on Thursday as well. We will continue to provide updated information as it is appropriate.”
Even though the gold medal swimmer had appeared on NBC‘s TODAY show earlier in the week, Matt Lauer decided to reach out to the athlete after multiple claims that he made the story up. So, did Matt get to get to the bottom of things?
On Wednesday night, Lauer dished that Ryan was pretty much sticking to his story. When asked about the tale again, the only thing that changed was — the taxi wasn’t pulled over, but rather they were robbed after a gas station stop. Oh, and Ryan initially said the gun was pointed at his head and the second time telling the tale he claimed it was just pointed at him.
Ch-ch-check out Matt’s report as he recalls his conversation with the swimmer in question!
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