Lochte-Gate

By Sabrina Slagowitz

The end of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics brought not only an impressive number of medals for the United States of America, but also a scandal involving swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and James Feigan in an alleged robbery. In his first account of this incident Lochte claimed that he and his fellow swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint at a gas station. Following these claims, the swimmer was questioned by Brazilian authorities and then left on his flight to the United States. “Everything was perfect,” Lochte said. “They said, ‘Congratulations on your gold medal,’ and I left. They didn’t say, ‘You have to stay here,’ or anything like that.” The day following Lochte’s return to North Carolina, Brazilian police came forward and that Lochte’s robbery story was fabricated and the swimmers were neither robbed nor victims. The police contended that the swimmers had vandalized a bathroom at the gas station and were confronted by security guards for money to pay for the damages. Since, Lochte has been charged with filing a false police report and has said that he made “a very big mistake” when he claimed to have been held at gunpoint. “I think it’s everyone blowing this way out of proportion. I think that’s what happened,” Lochte, 32, said today on “Good Morning America” when asked whether he embarrassed the United States with his actions during the Olympics. After the incident, Lochte was home in Charlotte, North Carolina but his teammates Bentz and Conger were pulled of their flights to be questioned by authority; however, Feigan donated around 11,000 dollars to a Brazilian charity to avoid being prosecuted. Lochte was dropped by four sponsors following the incident including Speedo and Ralph Lauren and he described the weeks following Rio as “the “lowest point of my life.”Lochte is now turning his sights forward announcing that he will be a competitor on season 3 of “Dancing With the Stars.” “I’m never one to dwell on the past,” he said. “Everyone has got to be sick and tired about hearing about this. I just want to move forward.”

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