Before Ryan Lochte and his crew caused an international incident in a Brazilian gas station bathroom, these Gold medal winners celebrated like Olympians. Footage shows the swimmers rolling into a club, unaware their party would end with a fake robbery scandal. Click to watch.
In the video, obtained by TMZ, Ryan Lochte, 32, and his crew walked up to the club like, “what up? I got a gold medal.” Ryan, James Feigen, 26, Gunnar Bentz, 20, and Jack Conger, 21, just brushed by all the other people waiting to get into Club France around 1:47 A.M., local time. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CLUB’S FOOTAGE.
After a brief brush through a metal detector (looks like they kept their gold and silver at the hotel) they reportedly stayed in the club for four hours, walking out at 5:47 A.M., local time. This would be the calm before the storm that ended up with lies, a gun being drawn and two world-class athletes getting indicted.
Had Ryan and his crew just decided to use the bathroom at Club France before they took off, so much of this headache could have been avoided. Though Ryan claims he and his friends were robbed at gunpoint near a gas station, security footage of the alleged incident shows no such crime.
Instead, police officials claim that the rowdy swimmers allegedly vandalized the gas station’s bathroom, causing the station’s armed guard confront them and draw his gun to control the “angry” swimmers. After the Olympians paid an unknown amount of money for damages, they drove off. That would have been the end of this entire story, had Ryan not claimed he was robbed. He and James have been indicted on charges of false reporting of a crime.
The investigation is still ongoing. While Ryan is sitting comfortably back in the U.S., his teammate had decided to settle with the authorities. Jimmy will reportedly donate $10,800 to a Brazilian charity to avoid prosecution. Wow. A $11k bar tab is a heavy bill to pay for one night of fun. Will Ryan also chip in to pay the “bill” while accepting his share of the blame?
What do you think Ryan should do, HollywoodLifers? Should he offer an apology to Brazil? Will he donate money to charity to avoid any further legal nightmares? Does this spell the end of his swimming career?