Rough break, Ryan Lochte.
Ryan and three other U.S. swimmers were held up at gunpoint early Sunday morning, and honestly, it sounds really freaking scary. And Ryan…refused to comply, which is why the gun was pulled in the first place. Good god, dude. You’re an Olympic athlete, but you’re still just a MAN. Lochte described the incident to NBC on Sunday afternoon:
“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte said. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.
“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”
His mother Ileana Lochte confirmed the robbery Sunday morning:
“I think they’re all shaken up. There were a few of them,” Ileana Lochte said. “No, they were just, they just took their wallets and basically that was it.”
(Via USA Today)
The lesson here? Even giant, lanky athletes need to watch there backs and be cautious when they’re in a foreign country. I’m looking at YOU, Lochte.