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Ryan Lochte's Lawyer Defends His Robbery Story After Police Claim 'No Evidence'

Ryan Lochte's Lawyer Defends His Robbery Story After Police Claim 'No Evidence'

Police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have said that they have found “no evidence” that Ryan Lochte and fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint.

The 32-year-old Olympian’s lawyer Jeff Ostrow defended him in a statement.

“This happened the way he described it,” Jeff said, adding that Ryan signed a statement this week confirming his story. “Ryan was a hundred percent cooperative and fully available when they reached out to us for an interview. It doesn’t behoove Ryan and anyone else to make up a story.”

Police say that while fake police stops, like the one Ryan described, do happen, they are not common in that area and usually happen in poorer cities.

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  • Kitty

    I did always wonder why these courteous gun-wielding theives (who put the barrel of a gun to a mans head!) were so thoughtful as to leave his Olympic credentials, Identification and an expensive cellphone.

    If the story is real then its terrifying.

    If the story is Lochte trying to get some spotlight from Phelps then its pretty mean when you consider all the people affected from his mom to his teammates to the entire country put (more) under a negative shadow.

  • Casey C

    I won’t lie, my first response when I read the story was ‘yeah, right’. Something about it just seemed suspect. Partially them leaving him so much of his belongings, and also that he was painted 100% the hero because he refused to surrender or lie down etc, that he was the defiant leader. IF it is true, then it must have been terrifying, but if it isn’t, shame on him, shame on those backing him and he should have some form of punishment

  • John Dow

    American citizen lied about being under fire in Iraq robbed at gunpoint in Rio? I’m shocked :)

  • Damian

    This just sounds like rio trying not to give another black eye to the olympics. The police admit this kind of thing happens just not in that area, but that area is not usually full of easy marks. The fact that the taxi drive cannot be found now makes it seem like it was planned and the leaving of the cell phone and credentials makes sense, the credentials are of little value and would lead back to the crooks and cellphones can be tracked.

  • Buck Buckerson

    Anyone who knows anything about Brazil would know that this is expected of police. Treat victims like suspects and try to portray Brazil in a good light when we all know it’s filled with a bunch of corrupt politicians, dirty cops, and criminals.

    And to those doubting that criminals would leave a cell phone and credentials–NEITHER ARE OF ANY USE TO A CRIMINAL, IDIOTS.

  • Gina

    He could be lying, or it could be that Brazil is just denying the incident because they don’t want their reputation to be tainted even further. The robbers leaving behind credentials and cell phones could be because they don’t want to get tracked, or because that stuff is of no use to them. With that said, I’m sure Lochte is loving the attention.

  • pammiej85

    Anyone who knows about Rio knows that this kinda thing happens. When my sister was taking Brazilian Portuguese in college, her Brazilian professor warned any of them going there that this type of thing happens. She told them her own stories of being mugged at knifepoint and etc while going to school. So it’s not difficult at all for me to believe.

    Clearly this is a case of Rio trying to save face for the Olympics.