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Ryan Lochte Releases Statement About Rio Robbery

Ryan Lochte Releases Statement About Rio Robbery

Ryan Lochte is addressing the robbery that took place on Sunday (August 14) on his way back to Olympic Village during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 32-year-old Olympic swimmer took to Twitter to release his own statement.

“I want to thank all of my family, friends and fans for the overwhelming support and concern I have received today,” Ryan wrote. “While it is true that my teammates and I were the victims of a robbery early Sunday morning, what is most important is that we are safe and unharmed.”

He continued, “I am honored to have represented the U.S. here at the Rio Olympics and to win Gold for my country alongside my teammates. I look forward to getting home so that I can begin to map out the plans for my future with an eye on representing #TeamUSA at the #2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

Ryan and his teammates were pulled over and held at gunpoint by men posing as police officers.

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  • California Republic

    This incident, among others, begs the question I keep asking. Why a city where the toilets don’t even work, the practice pools are the color of algae, people are getting tear-gassed on the streets, and athletes and dignitaries attending the games are getting mugged? They don’t call it the Slums of Rio for nothing.

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  • Pedro Rodrigues

    do you really think that robbery only happens in Rio? Every big metropole has that kind of incidents. If you do a bit of research you will understand what happened to the pool and the toilets.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Stop criticizing Rio.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    The guy speaks like a douche.

  • Virginia

    Complain about the attitude of the Brazilian authorities, but what would the authorities in your country if a person said he was assaulted and had a gun to his head at risk of death?

  • Virginia

    Report false crime in Brazil is a crime and should be punished, he is an athlete but is not free from punishment.