Original story: 8/17/16
Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers said they were robbed at gunpoint after attending a party in Brazil on Sunday. The story of the robbing made international news headlines by Wednesday. Lochte stated that at 3:30 am, the taxi that took he and his teammates from the party was sideswiped by another vehicle. When the accident occurred men, that looked like police officers, jumped out of the car, held a gun to the Lochte’s head and demanded he get on the ground. Lochte and his teammate tell the police that they were back at the Olympic village by 4:00 am.
However, by Thursday, their story fell apart. Police captured time-lapse video that showed Lochte and his teammates leaving the party at 5:47 am. By 6:05 am, he and his teammates are seen vandalizing a gas station restroom and when police are called they attempt to flee. The guard held a gun to the Lochte and the swimmers to compel them to stay and pay for the damages. Time-lapse video show the swimmers arriving at the Olympic village at 7:00 am. The three other swimmers then began to tell the truth of the incident.
The investigation led Brazil authorities to demand the swimmers’ passports and answer to the charges. In one case, two swimmers were removed from a plane before it left the airport. They were allowed to leave Brazil after they were interrogated by authorities. Lochte was ordered to surrender his visa but he was already in the U.S. when the order came from the judge. Source: Daily Mail: Indict them! Brazilian police call on Lochte and Feigen to be charged with ‘false reporting of a crime’ after revealing how swimmers lied about robery to cover up fighting with gas station guard and pick up women for sex
Update: 8/19/16: Lochte fails to offer apology for lies and vandalism
Lochte apologized via Instagram for not ‘being more careful and candid’ in recounting the gas station incident. He did not apologize for lying about having a gun pointed at his head or vandalizing the gas station. Source: Daily Mail: ‘Traumatized’ Ryan Lochte offers grudging apology for Rio rampage admitting he should have been more ‘careful and candid’ in his story…but avoids saying sorry for his lies and gas station vandalism
Update: 8/23/16: Endorsements lost
Lochte admitted to ‘over exagerrating’ the story he gave about the robbery incident in Rio. However, he did not apologize for outright lying about the incident. In the wake of the events in Rio, Lochte has lost all of his endorsements and the U.S. Olympic Committee stated there are further actions to come as they continue to investigate. Source: NY Daily News: Ryan Lochte loses Speedo all other deals, after Olympic swimmers fake robbery scandal in Rio