Ryan Lochte just lost the Speedo sponsorship deal due to Lochtegate, reports Sports Illustrated. It's turning out to be the Tiger Woods scandal again, where sponsor after sponsor would drop the golf champion like a hot potato. Now, it's happening to Ryan Lochte, but how does the Olympic swimmer feel about it?
As the athlete ponders just how much he is losing money-wise, Ralph Lauren likewise just announced that it's dropping Ryan Lochte, too, says BBC News.
Judging from his recent apology on Twitter and Instagram, the Olympic athlete, who is only second to Michael Phelps in rank, is not sorry enough for his sins. Even though he apologized profusely for lying that he and his fellow swimming athletes were robbed at gunpoint at a petrol gas station in Rio de Janeiro, the apology still portrayed Ryan Lochte as a victim, according to NBC News.
From the point of view of the National Post, however, Ryan Lochte seemed to blame the lie mostly not on himself but the booze. But in the final analysis, it does appear that the star athlete owned up to his mistakes, as follows.
"I over-exaggerated that story. If I had never done that, we would never be in this mess. Those guys would never (still) be in Rio — or were in Rio. None of this would've happened. It was my immature behaviour."