Ryan Lochte has the entire world confused about whether he was really robbed while in Rio for the Olympics. At this time, there is a lot of confusion and no confirmation that Ryan was really robbed. This all started when Ryan’s mom said he was robbed, but at that time, Lochte wasn’t speaking out yet. Then, as NBC News shared, Ryan Lochte told his side of the story and said that while he was out in Rio, he was robbed by men pretending to be police officers.
When this all allegedly went down, Ryan Lochte was out with three other swimmers. Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen were with him. Here is what Ryan said happened.
“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. 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.”
At first, the IOC denied that anything happened to Ryan Lochte, but then Lochte came out and told his story, which made everyone sure the story was real. Lochte explained that the guys had a police badge, but no lights. Ryan said when they told them to get on the ground he didn’t do it because he knew he didn’t do anything wrong. Ryan Lochte shared that they took his wallet and money, but they let him keep his credentials and his cell phone. USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky later shared that according to these four Olympic swimmers, this did happen. Ryan’s mom originally said it happened at a party.
Brazilian judge issues order forbidding U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen from leaving the country https://t.co/jPYVv7fE9s— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 17, 2016
Now E! Online is sharing that they can’t corroborate Ryan Lochte’s story saying he was robbed. At this time, they have not been able to find any evidence that this is true. They can’t find any witnesses or the taxi driver. The athletes have also not been able to share any of the important details about this incident.
After this allegedly went down, Ryan Lochte and the other swimmers did not notify authorities. They started to investigate this case after Ryan’s mom shared about him being robbed. As soon as she said something, the story started to go viral. Lochte and one other swimmer admitted to being intoxicated and that they didn’t remember all of the details very well.
Lochte’s lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, told the Associated Press Tuesday that the robbery really did happen. On Monday, Lochte signed a document stating that what he said about the incident was all true. His lawyer said, “I know that Ryan didn’t want this to turn into what it did. The Olympics are more important and Team USA’s performances are more important.”
TMZ shared that Ryan Lochte has already returned to the United States because he is done with his time in the Olympics. A Brazilian judge has ordered the seizure of Ryan’s passport, but it was too late because he had already used it to come home. Authorities issued a statement saying, “Judge Keyla Blanc De cnop, the Special Court of the Fan and Major Events, ordered the dispatch of search warrants and seizure of passports of American swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen.” This would keep them from leaving the country so they can question them further, but Ryan is already gone.
Daily Mail shared that Ryan Lochte’s wallet was actually seen in an x-ray at Olympic Village just after he said it was stolen. The police have seized surveillance video from the gas station where the men claimed to have caught their cab, but they are not seen on the camera at all. Everyone is now questioning Ryan’s story.
Do you believe that Ryan Lochte was really robbed while in Rio for the Olympics? Do you think that this story is true? Sound off in the comments section below on your thoughts.
Update: It turns out that Ryan Lochte allegedly lied about this entire story. Hollywood Life shared the details. It says, “However, it might not be that Ryan and his pals were totally lying — the guys reportedly caused trouble in the gas station bathroom and damaged some property there, which led to a security guard pulling a gun on them and demanding they give him money for the damages, according to Daily Mail. They wound up giving up the money and leaving, so technically, yes: A gun was held to their heads and their money was taken — but it was after they wreaked havoc, which is an important part of the story the guys left out.”
[Photo by Harry How/Getty Images]