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The Ryan Lochte “Robbery” Incident Has Turned Into One Of The Craziest Olympic Stories Of All Time

Submitted by on August 18, 2016 – 4:50 pmNo Comment
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The 2016 Rio Olympics are still going on right now, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at all of the sports sites that typically cover the Olympic Games. At the moment, all anyone seems to want to talk about is Ryan Lochte, the U.S. swimmer who claimed that he had been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday after leaving the Olympic Village to attend a party with three of his teammates. At first, most people reacted to the story by saying, “Wait, what?!” It seemed too crazy to be true. And then, as it turned out, it was too crazy to be true. Brazilian police revealed that they didn’t think Lochte had actually been robbed at gunpoint—or robbed at all—and a judge attempted to seize Lochte’s passport on Wednesday in an effort to force him to cooperate with an investigation into the alleged incident.

Lochte had already left Rio by that time and made his way back to the United States, but at this point, there are still a lot of question marks surrounding the case. Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger, the three swimmers who were with Lochte on the night he was “robbed,” have all been forced to stay in Rio in order to speak with police, and police now believe that the swimmers may have been at fault for what actually took place. According to reports, the four men stopped at a Rio gas station very early Sunday morning to use the bathroom, but when they struggled to open the bathroom door, they ended up breaking it. They continued to cause a commotion and were eventually approached by an armed security guard. And it’s at that point that things got cloudy.

One police source told the Associated Press that the guard told the men to stop doing what they were doing before calling on a gas station manager who asked the swimmers to pay for the damage they caused. But another source told the AP that the guard pulled out his gun and aimed it at the men before another guard came in and did the same thing. There’s a chance Lochte and his fellow swimmers may have misinterpreted the situation as a robbery, but there’s also a chance that the guns were never actually pulled in the first place. Either way, it has led to a confusing situation, and even though this video of the men at the gas station was released, it’s done little to shed light on what really happened:

It has also cast a dark cloud over what was supposed to be a great second week of Olympic action. Because until the full story comes out, Lochte’s name is going to stay in the news. And at this rate, the real story might take weeks to emerge.

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