Another swimmer is coming home!
On Friday, it was revealed that the last swimmer implicated in Ryan Lochte‘s Rio robbery tale has negotiated his return back to the U.S. Phew!
As you surely know, Lochte and his teammates came under a ton of heat after they lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio. While the 32-year-old swimming star has already returned to the states, fellow Olympians Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained and questioned after there were discrepancies in Lochte’s story — which they supported. Thankfully, after admitting their tale was fabricated, Conger and Bentz were given back their passports.
Unfortunately, at that time, the fourth and final athlete wrapped up in the drama, James Feigen, was still without his passport after Judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop‘s initial seizure of the travel document. However, it now seems Feigen’s legal expert was able to negotiate his release.
According to Feigen’s lawyer, Breno Melaragno, the gold medalist has agreed to pay around $11,000 or 35,000 Brazilian reals in order to get his passport back and make his journey home. In a recent statement, the attorney explained:
“After a long deliberation, this agreement was reached…he will donate 35,000 real [approximately $10,800] to an institute, and with that the case is resolved. After this donation is being done, his passport will be given back to him, and he will be free to return home.”
Thank goodness! After all of this, we have a feeling things are going to be pretty tense between the swimmers for some time.
Nonetheless, welcome back James!
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