UPDATE 8/19 US Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen agrees to pay about $11,000 to charity in order to leave Brazil after robbery scandal. Ryan Lochte, who was also charged is already back in the US and will probably ignore the misdemeanor charge. Jack Conger age 21, and Gunnar Bentz age 20 were not charged in the incident.
UPDATE: It appears that Lochte and James Feigen, age 26 will be charged with false reporting of a crime. It’s a misdemeanor and the sentence is a required financial contribution to a humanitarian charity. They also want an apology to Rio and Brazil for besmirching the Olympic host. The police say that after the four busted up the bathroom breaking the door, mirror, a soap dish and more, Loche was drunk and became very aggressive with the security guard who eventually pulled his weapon to detain him until they either paid for damages or the police came. They chose to pay. The police say that the security handled things appropriately. So disgusting.
I am quite furious about this Ryan Lochte situation. I saw the interview where Ryan told his tall tale about the Rio police shaking them down on the side of the road. I told my television that he was full of shit when I watched it. (See video below). I did think that the incident happened, I just thought he was trying to make himself seem like the big shot. In his lie, he says while coming from a party in a local taxi, Rio police pulled their taxi over. He states there were not lights on the police car. So how did the cab driver know to pull over? Perhaps he was in on it I thought. What I could not believe is that Ryan was all “whatever” about having police in a foreign country hold a gun to his forehead. The other guys complied, but not Ryan. He argued with the cops and said he didn’t do anything wrong. Anyone who lives in the United States of America knows better than to do this. You can get shot for way less than that in the US, let alone a foreign country. His version of events made no sense, but I figured the gist of the situation was true. But it was not. None of it.
What happened was the guys were coming home from a party that they left around 5:30 am likely wasted and didn’t get far until one or all of them had to go to the bathroom so they stopped at a gas station. Either they would not give them a key because they were not customers are they just had not problem with doing it, they broke down the bathroom door, did what they came to do and left. In Rio, there was an armed guard at all the gas stations. They were detained. The police were called and they took off in the cab. Either at the gas station, or after being held for questioning by police today, they paid for the door.
While the guys in Rio were terrified in a police station confessing to the real story, Ryan was on the Today Show telling Matt Lauer that it really did happen, he just embellished some things. “We would not make this up, ” Ryan told Matt, “We’re victims in this and we’re happy that we’re safe.” What a douchebag. the Rio police tried to get Ryan to return for questioning, but that is not going to happen. Meanwhile, his three teammates are down there holding the bag and telling the truth. Those three never lied to the media or the police.
Mario Andrada a spokesman for the Rio Olympics organizing committee, said “Let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret.” Perhaps for the three of them that are still in Brazil after at least two of them were removed from their flight back home, , Jack Conger age 21, and Gunnar Bentz age 20 , they have learned their lesson being interrogated by police in a foreign country. James Feigen age 26 was apparently more involved in the situation than these two.
But Ryan Lochte is 32 years old. He is the one that told his mother the lie and she reported that to the media first. Then when NBC’s Billy Bush asked he told the lie to Billy and stuck to it today with Matt Lauer. Ryan is sitting comfortably back in the US. He should have some consequences. He is the asshole in the entire situation.
I have several other posts coming today that y’all would be more interested in, but this really burns me up. I hate rude American travelers when they are Billy Bob and Maisey from Kentucky who may not know better. Ryan Lochte was representing his country in the most formal way possible. He has 12 Olympic medals. This is not his first time out of the country. He should be ashamed.