It looks like the case is officially closed on #LochteGate!
Ever since Ryan Lochte claimed he and three Olympic swimmers were held up at gunpoint at a gas station bathroom in Rio early Sunday morning, there’s been doubt whether the athletes were actually the victims of crime.
On Thursday, United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun confirmed what Brazilian police have been saying all week, that Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen were the committers of crime that night — and had been involved in vandalizing a gas station bathroom.
Throughout the week, Lochte insisted he was telling the truth — that he and his teammates were robbed by men dressed as police officers — but raised some eyebrows when parts of his story didn’t add up and was inconsistent when retold in an interview with Matt Lauer.
However, during a Thursday press conference, Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso said there “was no robbery,” and that Brazilian authorities believe the Olympians lied to cover up an altercation they were involved in after vandalizing a gas station bathroom.
While a salty Lochte is STILL (yes, still) standing by his story, the USOC has issued an apology to the people of Brazil for the “unacceptable” behavior of the swimmers.
In a statement, the committee explained it would be further reviewing the incident, and will consider “any potential consequences for the athletes.”
Wow, we’re sure they’re shaking in their speedos over that vague threat…
The statement ended on a positive note, saying for now the committee’s “primary focus” was supporting the athletes competing in the remaining Olympic games this week — you know, the ones who didn’t exploit a country’s crime problems to cover up their own drunken debauchery.
Do YOU think Lochte & Co. will be facing big consequences? Read the entire statement (below)!
“Two U.S. Olympic swimmers (Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger) have given statements to local authorities today regarding the incident first reported on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Their passports have been released and they recently departed Rio.
After providing a statement earlier in the week, a third (James Feigen) provided a revised statement this evening with the hope of securing the release of his passport as soon as possible.
Working in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate in Rio, we have coordinated the athletes’ cooperation with local authorities and ensured their safety throughout the process, but we have not seen the full statements provided by Bentz and Conger.
However, we understand that they describe the events that many have seen on surveillance video made publicly available today. As we understand it, the four athletes (Bentz, Conger, Feigen and Ryan Lochte) left France House early in the morning of August 14 in a taxi headed to the Olympic Village. They stopped at a gas station to use the restroom, where one of the athletes committed an act of vandalism. 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 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. 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.
With three days remaining in the Olympic Games, our primary focus will remain on supporting the athletes who are still competing and celebrating the achievements of those who have finished.”
How long until Lochte himself apologizes??
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