Ryan Lochte’s interview with Matt Lauer finally debuted on the ‘Today’ show on August 22 and while he apologized deeply for exaggerating his original story, he did reveal that he thought the situation he was put in was ‘BS.’
“I was upset that we got pulled out of the taxi for, I thought, something — there’s no reason a gun should be pulled out for us for doing nothing,” Ryan Lochte told Matt Lauer in his first interview after the Rio scandal. “I was unsettled. There was no reason for us to be sitting down with a gun pointed to us for nothing that we did. I started being like, ‘This is BS, we shouldn’t be treated like this. There’s no way, we want to get back in the car, we want to go back.’ That’s what got me heated. The guy probably drew (sic) his gun from that. Once he did, you could see me go like this [hands up], and that’s when we sat down.”
Of course he also apologized for not explaining what happened better and for exaggerating his story. Matt re-explained the situation to Ryan to make sure everything was clear. He stated that the security guards threatened to call the police, or they give them the money for the damages. “Yes, so then we had to give them money,” Ryan said. So Matt asked if that meant he struck a deal to avoid the cops.
“We just wanted to get out of there,” Ryan told Matt. “There was a gun pointed in our direction. We were all frightened. We wanted to get out of there as quick as possible and the only way we knew, is this guy was saying to give him money.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 22, 2016
Matt then said that what happened was not about the “mean streets of Rio” as he had originally explained, but instead a “negotiation settlement to cover up some dumb behavior.” Ryan agreed. “That’s why I’m taking full responsibility. I over exaggerated that story. If I never did that, we wouldn’t be in this mess. None of this would have happened. It was my immature behavior.”
He also apologized to Rio.
“They put on a great games. They did everything, the people of Rio, Brazil, the authorities, everyone, they put on a great Games and my immature, intoxicated behavior tarnished that a little,” he told Matt.
Do you think he was sincere, HollywoodLifers?