Sports U.S. swimmer Lochte made up gunpoint robbery story: Brazilian police official

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  1. baci

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    auricio Savarese And Beth Harris, The Associated Press
    Published Thursday, August 18, 2016 1:09PM EDT
    RIO DE JANEIRO -- A Brazilian police official told The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.

    The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.

    He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried but failed to open the door of an outside bathroom.

    A few of the swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it. A security guard appeared and confronted them, the official said.

    The official says the guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers.

    According to the official, the gas station manager then arrived. Using a customer to translate, the manager asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. After a discussion, they did pay him an unknown amount of money and then left.

    The official says that swimmers Conger and Bentz, who were pulled off a plane going back to the United States late Wednesday, told police that the robbery story had been fabricated.

    Lochte first lied about the robbery to his mother, Ileana Lochte, who spoke with reporters, the police official said. That led to news coverage of the incident and prompted police attention.

    A police news conference was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

    Lochte's lawyer, agent and father did not immediately return messages seeking comment from the AP.

    USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said late Thursday morning that Lochte's teammates were scheduling a time and place to meet with authorities.

    "All are represented by counsel and being appropriately supported by the USOC and the U.S. Consulate in Rio," Sandusky said.

    The swimmers could face punishment -- probation, suspension, a fine or expulsion -- under USA Swimming's code of conduct, which prohibits dishonesty or fraud. It was not immediately clear if the organization planned to act.

    Mario Andrada, a spokesman for the Rio organizers, said he was relieved that the story had turned around.

    "Let's give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret," Andrada said. "Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all-time. They had fun, they made a mistake, it's part of life, life goes on, let's go."

    The situation escalated Wednesday when Conger and Bentz were pulled from a flight at the Rio de Janeiro airport amid uncertainty over what truly took place during the late-night outing after Olympic swimming wrapped up at the Rio Games.

    Court officials had called for the four swimmers' passports to be seized, but Lochte already had returned to the United States before authorities could enforce the decision.

    Representatives from the U.S. consulate arrived at the airport shortly after the swimmers were stopped from leaving the country Wednesday night.

    Brazilian authorities continued pressing the American swimmers over the ever-changing account of the robbery. Police said the swimmers were unable to provide key details in early interviews and they found little evidence to support the robbery claim. The swimmers said they had been intoxicated and could not remember what type and colour of taxi they rode, where the incident happened or what time the events occurred, police said. The police official said officers grew suspicious when they reviewed security video of the swimmers returning to the athletes village and saw them wearing watches.

    The office of Judge Keyla Blanc, who ordered the passports seized, said there were discrepancies in the statements by the swimmers.

    Lochte had said he was with Conger, Bentz and Feigen when they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the athletes village from a party several hours after the final Olympic swimming events on Saturday.

    NBC reported Wednesday night that Lochte backed off some of his earlier claims, saying the taxi wasn't pulled over by men with a badge but rather the athletes were robbed after stopping at a gas station. Lochte also said the assailant pointed a gun at him rather than putting it to his head.

    Authorities said that after the incident, the swimmers did not call police; officers began investigating after they saw media reports in which Lochte's mother spoke about the incident.

    Lochte's attorney, Jeff Ostrow, previously said there is no question the robbery occurred.

    "Why would anybody fabricate anything?" Steve Lochte said. "It's just ridiculous."

    Lochte told USA Today that he and his teammates didn't initially tell U.S. Olympic officials about the robbery because "we were afraid we'd get in trouble."

    Steve Bentz, father of Gunnar Bentz, when reached by phone late Wednesday night, said: "I really don't want to say anything," and hung up.

    The British Olympic team said Thursday one of its athletes also was robbed in Rio. The British Olympic Association was responding to a Guardian report that the unnamed athlete was held up at gunpoint after a night out. The BOA declined to say if the incident was reported to police.

    While he's medaled often in the Olympic pool, Lochte's accomplishments have long been overshadowed by teammate Michael Phelps -- the most decorated Olympian in history. Lochte won a gold in Rio in a relay race alongside Phelps.
     
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    Take all of their medals back and shame them into oblivion.
     
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    It's a crime to make a false police report but, they didn't make one.

    All they did was make up a story and one of them told their mother and then it got to the media and blew up in their faces.

    I doubt the USOC will do anything to them and there's really no other legal issue as far as I can see.

    This is just likely to cost them endorsement money.

    They, and others should use this as a learning experience and not make shit up, idiots.
     
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    Why would they make up a story to cover up this incident? It's not a big deal.

    They wouldn't need to make up anything to "cover up" this incident, because no one was asking them where they had been or what happened. Nobody knew anything had happened, so if this gas station incident happened the way this "police officer" says it did, they could have just not said anything, gone home and no one would have ever known,

    There is something more going on here. We still don't know the whole story. Something isn't right here.
     
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    The Olympics brings out the worst in everyone. I see a SouthPark Episode at least from this.
     
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    I called it. :cheer:
     
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    Lotche is the epitome of "mimbo". :jj:
     
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    Not good enough........

    Stick that millennial's ass in a Brazilian prison for 6 months and take the fucker's medals away.
     
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    So one of the mothers is a "rat"?

    We know what happens to rats
     
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    EXCLUSIVE DETAILS
    U.S. SWIMMERS
    DAMAGED GAS STATION ...
    GUARD FORCED 'EM TO PAY UP


    8/18/16 10:26 AM PST

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    9:08 AM PT -- Security camera footage from the gas station shows the swimmers walking through a hallway back toward the bathroom, and then leave. You can't see what happens by the bathroom door.

    Once they get in their taxi though, gas station employees approach and after some discussion they all get out of the cab. At the very end of the footage ... the swimmers have their hands up and it appears they're being forced to sit on the ground.

    There's no gun visible in the video.

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    Ryan Lochte and his teammates left out a huge part of their "robbery" story -- which is that they busted up a gas station bathroom, and THEN a security guard pulled a gun on them ... TMZ Sports has learned.

    Sources connected to James Feigen tell us the real deal is ... the 4 swimmers -- including Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz -- were on their way home from a party early Sunday morning when they stopped to take a leak at a gas station. We're told one or more of the guys was peeing outside the bathroom, and also kicked in the bathroom door.

    Our sources say the swimmers were all wasted.

    That's when the gas station's armed security guard rolled up, pulled his gun and demanded they pay for the damage. We're told he did take money from the swimmers, but only to cover the expenses, and then let them go.

    Rio police say the gas station manager tells a slightly different story -- claiming the guard never pulled the gun and the manager merely asked them to pay, which they did.

    Bottom line ... it's possible Lochte and co. didn't lie about a gun or losing money. However, they DID create a whole bogus scenario about their taxi getting pulled over and fake badges -- and totally omitted the part about them starting the trouble in the first place. On Wednesday night, Lochte repeated most of those lies to Matt Lauer.

    They could face prosecution for lying to Rio cops. They have a news conference scheduled for later Thursday.
     
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    Not a total fabrication. I always like things to be as awful as possible.
     
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    What a bunch of dickheads - way to make this country look bad, assholes.