Ryan Lochte and his U.S. Olympic swimming teammates are under fire for lying about what really went down the night of their ‘robbery’ in Rio, and there a LOT of details to keep straight. As new info comes to light, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know in one comprehensive timeline. Take a look!
The 2016 Rio Olympic are the juiciest ones yet, thanks to a lil’ scandal known as #LochteGate. Yep, Ryan Lochte, 32, AKA Lyin’ Ryan, has lied by omission about the alleged robbery that he and his teammates faced in the early hours of Aug. 14 at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca. Here’s what we know.
First, Ryan came forward and spoke to media later in the morning of Aug. 14 about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro along with his teammates Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Gunnar Bentz. “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,” Ryan said in an interview with NBC News. “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’,” Ryan added. “He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”
Two days later, Ryan changed his tune a bit. He revealed — again to NBC — that the taxi actually never moved from the gas station, but maintained that they were still robbed at gunpoint. Ryan said the four of them tried to get into the taxi, but the driver refused to move, which is when two men approached the vehicle and told them to get down.
On Aug. 18, it was revealed that there is video footage of Ryan and his teammates drunkenly wrecking a bathroom at the gas station, and that the “robbery” was actually the team being forced to pay up for the damages by security individuals. “One of the swimmers tried to open the door of an outside bathroom. It was locked. A few of the swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it,” a Brazilian police official told The Associated Press. “A security guard appeared and confronted them…the guard was armed with a pistol [but] he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers,” the source added.
The gas station manager then reportedly arrived, and asked Ryan and his friends “to pay for the broken door. After a discussion, they paid him an unknown amount of money and left”, the official told AP. Now we just have to wait for the video to come out!
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