Ryan Lochte Lied, But Not Really.

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Ugh, this sitch is far more complicated than it’s being made out to be…

SO much news has been published about the Ryan Lochte robbery story, it’s hard to know what to believe and what not to believe. Eariler in the week, we published a pretty straightforward story about Lochte’s robbery at gunpoint, but on Thursday, “unnamed sources” close to the Brazilian police’s investigation were leaking damaging information without evidence to back it up. Most every legitimate media outlet ran with the headline provided to them by the unnamed sources: Lochte & Swimmers Brawled With Security, Brazilian Police Have Evidence That Lochte Lied, Video Shows Lochte Is Lying, US Swimmers Being Investigated For Lying, etc. etc. etc. It feels like a LOT of these stories are not backed up with sufficient evidence to prove they happened, so where are we now?

Then the Brazilian police came out and admitted that Lochte and three swimmers were held at gunpoint by security and demanded to pay money, but only because swimmers urinated on a wall, kicked a door and tore a poster. The police’s “proof” is this video of the four swimmers casually exiting a passage way beside a gas station…the only thing that you can see on the video is that a poster was pulled down. Then the video changes to another angle and you can see the guys with their hands up, looking like they’re being held at gunpoint.

Lochte did lie when he originally spoke to Billy Bush, which was not an official witness statement to the police. Lochte later clarified his story when speaking to Matt Lauer Wednesday night, saying that the taxi wasn’t pulled over, that they were already stopped at the gas station, and there were still men forcing them out of the taxi at gunpoint. So, Lochte should apologize for lying to the press initially, but honestly, the basics of his story are unchanged: he and the other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint, and that this is a crime whatever way you look at it.

Feigen, along with Lochte, was the recipient of a judge’s order for their passports to be confiscated during the investigation. Lochte had already left Brazil, but Feigen was still stuck in Rio because Brazilian authorities still have his passport. Now E! reports that Feigen is paying Brazilian authorities $11,000 for the return of his passport, which is gross. Two OTHER swimmers were also yanked off a plane by Brazilian authorities on Wednesday evening. As Bentz and Conger were released, the USOC released an apology for the swimmers’ behavior, so they could friggin’ LEAVE.

And even worse, “sources” in Brazil are now confirming that Lochte and Feigen are being “recommended for indictment in Rio on charges of false reporting of a crime.” This is complete BS because there were TONS of Olympic muggings but THIS is the one we’re hearing about because Lochte is kinda famous and the deets are unclear. According to Celebitchy…

a member of Team GB was robbed at gunpoint this week. Aussie rowing coaches claimed they were robbed at knifepoint last week. That wasn’t the only story from Team Australia: an Aussie swimmer claimed he was forced at gunpoint to take money out of the ATM and then robbed. An Olympic security chief was attacked by a knife-wielding robber the same night at the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Don’t forget about the Russian Olympic athlete who was robbed in broad daylight by gun-wielding children. Also, Portugal’s Education Minister was robbed at knifepoint on Day 1 of the Rio Olympics.

SO…maybe we should be scrutinizing Rio, not the athletes competing in it.

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August 23rd, 2016 at 6:28 am

Leaving this site right now! I can’t stand someone defending this guy! Shame on you!

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