The evidence against Ryan Lochte and his teammates is piling up. A new video reportedly shows the four U.S. swimmers getting in a fight with a gas station security guard, who allegedly pulled a gun on them because they damaged a bathroom, on the same night they claim they were ‘robbed.’ Something’s fishy here…
“One of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at the gas station and fighting with a security guard,” a Brazilian police source told ABC News. Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Fiegen originally claimed they were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Rio, but this footage definitely makes it seem like there was something else going on there.
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.
Because there were so many inconsistencies in the Olympians’ stories, authorities put out a search warrant and banned them from leaving Brazil earlier this week. Ryan was already safely home at that point, but Gunnar and Jack were pulled off their plane and detained in Rio for questioning on Aug. 17.
Still, the 32-year-old swimmer stood by his story during an interview with Matt Lauer on Wednesday, insisting, “We wouldn’t make this story up. We’re victims in this and we’re happy that we’re safe.”
But during that Q&A, he gave details from the alleged incident that were somewhat different than what he originally told Billy Bush on Aug. 14. Originally, Ryan claimed the robber held a gun to his head during the incident, but by Aug. 17, his story changed to say the gun was just pointed in his “general direction.” Oh, and at first, Ryan said his car was side-swiped when this all went down, but that changed, too — later, he said the situation just happened in the gas station parking lot.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Ryan lied? Do you think this video is enough proof — or could there have been more we didn’t see?