Olympian Ryan Lochte caught in a lie

Gavin Buchanan, News Reporter

Outstanding Olympic athlete Ryan Lochte managed to snag one gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. That added to his already impressive 11 medals, giving him a total of 12.
Although he may not have beaten Phelps in the amount of medals won for the US this year, he is still one of the most decorated swimmers coming out of the Olympics.
Lochte is an outstanding athlete, but recently he has been stirring up trouble. The scandal involving police in Rio de Janeiro shocked the world.
The more shocking factor though, was the conclusion when it was investigated.
It all started the morning of August 14, this is when the first reports came in Lochte explained his side of the story in an interview with Billy Bush from Today.
He said,”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 continued, “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 did not do anything wrong, so — I am 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.”
It seemed as though it was the truth because no one thought anyone would lie about such a thing. This was not the case, hours later the USOC denied the story saying it was not true.
Lochte and the three other U.S. swimmers said it was true, claiming they were robbed at gunpoint. Rio police could not find much evidence to back this claim.
Hard skepticism then went into the U.S. swimmers story. Upon these accusations, Lochte changed his story saying that they never put the gun to his head and that this all occurred outside a gas station bathroom instead of on the street.
However, Lochte changed this story when he was in the safety of being back in the U.S.A. Feigen, Conger, and Bentz on the other hand were still in Brazil.
Conger and Bentz got pulled off their flight until they were willing to give further testimony. After that whole incident, Brazilian police claimed to have video of Lochte breaking down a bathroom door and fighting an officer, that would explain why the officer might have pulled a gun.
The video did exist showing that Lochte and the others had in fact fabricated most of the story. And not to mention, authorities reported the U.S. swimmers as being drunk. Shortly after the video went viral, the three swimmers that were still in Rio admitted that they had made the whole thing up.
Brazilian authorities then wanted Lochte and Feigen to face the consequences.

Mainly they wanted both men to be indicted on false reporting of a crime. Feigen did in fact pay over 10,000 dollars to charity to resolve the issue for him.
Lochte however, did get charged for that crime. The most recent news involves a suspension coming his way.
The USOC will suspend Lochte for 10 months and the 2017 championships. Lochte is facing a lot of critism after this incident. For example he was rushed by two men on the Dancing With the Stars. Lochte hopes to simply forget about the incident in Rio, but the world will not do so.

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