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Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week …Ryan Lochte

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We were robbed so says Ryan Lochte only to find out he mot only lied about being robbed but fled the country and nearly caused an international incident in the process. He maybe a great swimmer but not great at telling the truth or using sound judgment when supposedly going out and having a good time. This was as embarrassing as it could get for both the swimmer, the United States and the Olympics as a whole as it put a bad taste in the mouth in all concerned. The fact that his conduct was so bad over something so unnecessary should make the Olympic committee look into taking his medals away that he won. In case you are wonder what I am talking about …see below.

According to a published report in the New York Daily News the following happened…

Lochte, a gold medal winner, said his wallet was stolen as he and his three American teammates were returning to Rio’s Olympic Village in a taxi. They said they were robbed by men posing as police officers, adding the group initially didn’t contact the U.S. Olympic Committee because they were “afraid (they’d) get in trouble.”

The story made quick waves Sunday, especially after Lochte, 32, detailed the alleged encounter on the “Today” show. Lochte’s account has come under increased scrutiny since then.

Embarrassed Rio police said they have found little evidence to support the accounts, and a police source said they are unable to find the taxi driver or witnesses.

They interviewed Lochte and one other swimmer, who said they had been intoxicated and therefore couldn’t remember key details like the color of the taxi or when or where the robbery happened, according to police.

In addition, security footage reportedly shows the group passing through a checkpoint where Lochte jokingly hit Feigen on the head with his credentials.

“It was perceived that the supposed victims arrived with their physical and psychological integrity unshaken, even making jokes with each other,” Brazilian Judge Keyla Blank said.

Blank ordered that Lochte and Feigen’s passports be seized as police looked to question both men. Cops went to the athletes’ village, but the swimmers were gone.

“The swim team moved out of the village after their competition ended, so we were not able to make the athletes available.”

Then details came to light that the story was fabricated. According to a published report…

Details of the alleged fabrication first came Thursday morning from ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman, who cited Brazilian authority sources claiming the existence of video footage showing a U.S. swimmer “breaking down” a bathroom door and “fighting” security at a gas station around the time the robbery allegedly occurred. Video footage of a verbal confrontation between the four U.S. Olympic swimmers and security at the gas station was released later Thursday by Brazil’s O Globo newspaper.

Later Thursday, the gas station owner told Brazil’s O Globo news the U.S. quartet urinated on his Shell franchise’s walls in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca neighborhood at the time in question. Meanwhile, the British Daily Mail reported a security guard drew a gun at the swimmers after they drunkenly “destroyed a gas station toilet and refused to pay for the damage.” The swimmers then reportedly paid.

The video footage released by O Globo shows the four U.S. swimmers retreating into an alley on the property before returning to their taxi. At that point, someone approaches the vehicle, the swimmers get out, and they’re led to a landing outside the gas station, where they sit with their arms raised.

Did they get robbed as they claimed or was this a cover story to hide their drunken behavior? At this point as more details come out this whole mess could have been avoided by telling the truth  as a consequence how embarrassing would it be for Lochte and the others to lose their medals for this?


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