The parade has begun… Speedo, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gentle Hair Removal and mattress maker Airweave have dropped Lochte.

Sponsors have distanced their company profiles from the disgraced swimmer. Had he at least come forward with a true apology, they would have still considered him but the reality that he continues to lie is the reason they’re cutting ties.

American US Swim Team Olympians had a steller event in Rio, De Janairo. A national discussion on what kind of behavioral correction the male swimmers should face should now take place.

Should the medals be repealed? Absolutely! Lochte was the belligerent one wanting to fight the gas station attendants that demanded he pay for the vandalism. Unfortunately for him, they happened to be real law enforcement officers.

After Lochte lied through his teeth, he then took off to the safety of his home and left everyone else behind to face the music. He is still lying right to Matt Lauer’s face.

Al Roker, weather man speaks for the majority of the public


US swimmer Ryan Lochte attends a press conference after a training session, on July 21, 2012, during a training camp of the US swimming team in Bellerive-sur-Allier, central France, six days ahead of the London Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO THIERRY ZOCCOLANTHIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP/GettyImages

US swimmer Ryan Lochte AFP PHOTO THIERRY ZOCCOLANTHIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP/GettyImages

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Reporters at the men’s bathroom at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro where four American Olympic swimmers were captured on security video on Aug. 18. Mario Tama/Getty Images

However, Lochte told his made-up version of the story to the U.S. Olympic Committee, and in subsequent television interviews, but the validity of the swimmer’s claim was questioned when his account of the events began changing. After it was confirmed his story wasn’t true, the swimmer released a statement on Friday expressing remorse for “not being more careful and candid in how I described the events.”

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“I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend,” Lochte began in an Instagram post. “It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country – with a language barrier – and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that [I] am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event.”

Lochte further expressed, “I am very proud to represent my country in Olympic competition and this was a situation that could and should have been avoided. I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.” See the full apology statement below.

His original lying like a 10 year old – the entire story is a bald faced lie. Lochte was the ugly American in Rio, De Janairo


This is what Lochte posted on Instagram
Ryan-Lochte-Apology-Statement


What would Lochte do? Is a TV show

Yahoo!  Ryan Lochte has always railed against the confining and conforming limits of a sport in which athletes are nearly indistinguishable from one another under their standard issue goggles and caps. During training for the 2012 Olympics, where Lochte was expected to be an anchor of the U.S. men’s swim team, he continued to risk injury playing basketball and skateboarding despite his coach’s request that he avoid them out of precaution. “Oh, yeah, he’s terrified of me playing other sports,” Lochte said at the time.

“He’s waiting for me to come in one day with a broken ankle or something. But I told him, ‘This is me. If I break my ankle right now, this Olympics wasn’t meant to be.’ I’m going to keep living my life the way I’ve been living my life, and nothing is going to change that even if the Olympics are coming up.”

That carefree attitude has served Lochte well in the pool: his 12 Olympic medals are tied with Jenny Thompson for second most in U.S. history, behind only Michael Phelps, Lochte’s longtime friend and rival. And it has made him a draw for reporters. In a sport known for relatively vanilla stars, Lochte has been a Technicolor blast. But Lochte’s damn-the-consequences approach may have finally caught up with him this week, after his claim about being held up at gunpoint in Rio quickly unraveled into a bizarre saga that could leave his reputation in tatters.

What penalties, if any, Lochte and the three other U.S. swimmers involved in the incident will face is not yet known. In addition to the legal fallout, the swimmers may also have to contend with severe sanctions from the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming. In a statement issued late Thursday night, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun apologized to “our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil” and promised to review “any potential consequences for the athletes.”

USA Swimming, the sport’s governing body in America, said it too would determine whether the incident violated their code of conduct. The organization has meted out punishment beyond the law before, and those cases were without international ramifications. In 2015, Phelps was barred from competing at the world championships as a consequence of his DUI arrest the previous year, despite his having served the legal sentence for the charge.

In Rio, Lochte arrived with a shade of Elsa blue hair, a dye job he received while at training camp in Atlanta. It was only the latest expression, he said, of his personality. “It’s a bold statement, it’s different,” he said at the start of the Rio Games. “That’s me, that’s my personality, just being different.” In 2012, Lochte covered his teeth in a stars-and-stripes grill for a medals ceremony but was reportedly asked not to wear it again. “I am trying to make swimming bigger than the sport is now,” he told TIME in 2012. “The only way to do it is by showing your personality out there.”

Riding his newfound fame after London, Lochte and his family participated in a TV reality show, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” which made sport of his immature hijinks for a single, short-lived season. He’s also talked for years about his desire to start a clothing line and move into the fashion industry after his swimming career ended. So far, he’s designed a pair of sneakers with Speedo and a gaudy set of sunglasses featuring his hallmark expression, ‘Jeah,’ but has yet to produce a full apparel line.

It’s hard not to see Lochte’s attention seeking in both contrast and reaction to Phelps. Just a year apart, Lochte, 32, has seen his spectacular success overshadowed by the younger Phelps’ history-making career. But those who know him well say Lochte’s need to chart his own course was apparent well before he began living in someone else’s shadow.

His mother Ileana, who was born in Cuba and emigrated with her family to the U.S. when she was 7, was Lochte’s first swim coach and had trouble getting her son to play by the rules even then. “I would let him swim with the older kids for warm-up, and then send him out [of the pool], because it would take him the rest of the practice to finish with his shower and play in the locker room and the slip ’n slide,” she told TIME in 2012.

His father coached him next and wasn’t as forgiving. “He was a hard ass,” Lochte said. “He would pull me out of the water and start yelling at me. It was scary.” (Lochte’s parents have since divorced.)

Lochte suffered knee injuries in recent years and moved to Charlotte, N.C., to recover and train in earnest for Rio. He changed coaches and seemed motivated by Phelps’ return to competitive swimming and the possibility of racing against him again at the Olympics. He made it back, but their rematch in the pool didn’t live up to the hype. The 200-m individual medley was supposed to be their final Olympic showdown. Lochte started fast but then faded. His longtime rival took gold, while Lochte finished off the podium in fifth.

Two days later, he stepped into that taxi with three teammates on the relay who helped him win his only medal in Rio. It may well be his last.


 

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two American swimmers were pulled off their flight to the United States by the Brazilian authorities and detained for several hours on Wednesday night, Olympic officials said. It was the latest indication that the police were skeptical of the swimmers’ claims that they had been held up at gunpoint during the Rio Games.

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“We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee said. “We are gathering further information.”

BRAZILIAN POLICE FULL PRESS CONFERENCE WITH TRANSLATION

The men were released after agreeing to remain in the country and to speak with investigators about the episode on Thursday, according to officials with the United States Olympic team.

In a case that has made headlines around the world, the gold medalist Ryan Lochte said that after leaving a party early Sunday, he, Mr. Conger, Mr. Bentz and one other American swimmer were robbed by men claiming to be police officers.

RYAN LOCHTE BORN IN ROCHESTER, NY GREW UP IN FL, LIES ABOUT POLICE

The idea that such prominent athletes could be robbed by officers during the Olympics was a huge embarrassment for Brazil, underscoring longstanding concerns about holding the Games in a crime-plagued city like Rio de Janeiro.

But questions about the Americans’ testimony to the police turned that embarrassment into anger, with many Brazilians wondering whether the athletes had lied about the episode and smeared their country’s reputation.

In a conversation on Wednesday with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Mr. Lochte — who has already returned to the United States — changed certain details of his account. After previously saying that an assailant had put a gun against his forehead, he said that the gun had been aimed in his “general direction.”

Mr. Lochte had also previously said that the swimmers had been robbed after the men identifying themselves as police officers pulled over their taxi. On Wednesday, however, he told NBC that the taxi had stopped at a gas station so they could use the bathroom.

Mr. Lochte went on to say that the swimmers had been robbed upon returning to the taxi. He ascribed the inconsistencies to “traumatic mischaracterization” caused by stress. Mr. Lochte emphasized to Mr. Lauer that he considered himself as a victim.

The Evidence That Ryan Lochte Lied About an Armed Robbery in Rio

Brazilian investigators said video evidence and witnesses showed that American swimmers had fabricated their account of being held up at gunpoint in Rio.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Gold medalists Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held, Michael Phelps and Caeleb Dressell of the United States pose on the podium during Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)The episode has created a significant test for the newly collaborative relationship between American and Brazilian law enforcement officials. In the months leading up to the Olympics, the countries worked closely as they tried to improve Brazil’s ability to thwart a terrorist attack. But on Wednesday night, American officials seemed to be in the dark over the detention of Mr. Conger and Mr. Bentz.

“We have seen media reports that two U.S. citizen athletes were detained,” said John Kirby, a State Department spokesman. “We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”

Hours after the swimmers were removed from the plane, it was unclear where they were being held. When asked if United States Olympic officials knew where the American swimmers were, the U.S.O.C. spokesman, Patrick Sandusky, said, “At this point we are gathering details and have no further comment.”

Brazilian law enforcement officials have kept American diplomatic and law enforcement officials at arm’s length as they have moved forward with their investigation, according to senior American officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing Brazilian investigation.

Earlier Wednesday, a Brazilian judge issued an order to prevent Mr. Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, and Jimmy Feigen, the fourth swimmer involved, from leaving the country as doubts emerged about their statements.

Mr. Sandusky declined to comment when asked why United States Olympics officials had allowed Mr. Conger and Mr. Bentz to board a plane leaving Brazil despite the continuing investigation.

 

Agents from Brazil’s Federal Police, an investigative force that oversees the country’s borders, detained Mr. Conger and Mr. Bentz at Rio de Janeiro’s main international airport, according to local news reports. Investigators from Rio’s Tourism Police had asked for their passports to be seized so they could be questioned.

Shortly after they were removed from the plane, the two men were shown on the Globo television network being escorted to a police station in the airport. They declined to talk to a television reporter at the entrance to the station.

Investigators have not found evidence corroborating the swimmers’ account, according to local news reports, prompting the judge’s order to seize their passports.

Rio Official: Swimmers Made a Mistake

“You can see the supposed victims arriving without signs of being physically or psychologically shaken, even joking amongst themselves,” Judge Keyla Blanc de Cnop said in a statement, referring to video of the swimmers returning to the Olympic Village after the party.

The Brazilian authorities have come under scrutiny after a number of armed assaults during the Games, despite the deployment of an 85,000-member security force to ease fears about violent crime.

Mr. Sandusky said that the police had looked for the two swimmers on Wednesday, but that the athletes were no longer at the Olympic Village.

“The swim team moved out of the village after their competition ended, so we were not able to make the athletes available,” Mr. Sandusky said. He added that the Olympic Committee’s security protocol prevented him from confirming the athletes’ current locations.

Jeffrey M. Ostrow is the Managing Partner of Kopelowitz Ostrow P.A.

Mr. Lochte’s lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, denied assertions that his client and the other swimmers might have fabricated details of their accounts, describing such claims as efforts by Brazilian officials to deflect criticism of problems in Rio.

“The country has a dark cloud over it for a million and one reasons, from their economy to their crime to their management of the Olympics,” said Mr. Ostrow, who is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “My client has cooperated thoroughly with the Brazilian authorities and stands behind his statement.”

Still, there was growing speculation in Brazil that the episode might not have unfolded as the swimmers described it.

Mr. Lochte told NBC’s “Today” show that men had drawn guns and that one of them had taken his money and wallet, but left his cellphone and credentials.

He also told USA Today that the swimmers did not initially tell the United States Olympic Committee about what had happened “because we were afraid we’d get into trouble.”

From left, the U.S. swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Townley Haas last week. Mr. Lochte said that he and three other swimmers, including Mr. Conger and Mr. Bentz, were robbed at gunpoint Sunday by men who identified themselves as police officers. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

Mr. Lochte and Mr. Feigen told Brazilian investigators that they left the party at Club France, which was set up to promote the country during the Games, around 4 a.m. Sunday, according to local news reports.

But video cameras showed the swimmers leaving the club at 5:50 a.m., about an hour before they arrived at the Olympic Village at 6:56 a.m., according to Extra, a Rio newspaper.

There are other points of confusion in the accounts by Mr. Lochte and Mr. Feigen, the only swimmers who provided testimony to Brazilian investigators.

The men, who said they had been intoxicated upon leaving the party, said they could not remember the color of the taxi they took, or where exactly the assault had taken place. Investigators have been unable to find the taxi driver who delivered the swimmers back to the village.

A prosecutor in Rio, André Buonora, said in a statement that the swimmers could face charges of providing false testimony if they had lied to investigators.

Despite the controversy, it is not uncommon for the police in Rio to be implicated in armed assaults.

Shortly before the Olympics, Jason Lee, a jujitsu champion from New Zealand, said that he had been briefly kidnapped by police officers and forced to withdraw about $800 from his bank account.

Despite a history of such episodes in Rio, many Brazilians have grown defensive over criticism of the city. Some lashed out at the American swimmers, contending that they were hiding something.

“So the American swimmer lied about the robbery?” Mariana Godoy, a television news announcer, asked in a Twitter post. She implied that Lochte was trying to cover up something untoward.

“He left one party and went to ‘another party’ and didn’t want to tell Mommy about it?” Ms. Godoy wrote.


Attributable to USOC CEO Scott Blackmun:

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.

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8/18 – 11:22 a.m. BRT

Attributable to Patrick Sandusky, United States Olympic Committee spokesperson:

“The three U.S. Olympic swimmers (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen) are cooperating with authorities and in the process of scheduling a time and place today to provide further statements to the Brazilian authorities. All are represented by counsel and being appropriately supported by the USOC and the U.S. Consulate in Rio.”

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8/18 – 1:52 a.m. BRT

Attributable to Patrick Sandusky, United States Olympic Committee spokesperson:

“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.”

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