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Ryan Lochte Apologizes for Rio Robbery Story - Read Statement

Ryan Lochte Apologizes for Rio Robbery Story - Read Statement

Ryan Lochte has released an official apology for his involvement in the reported gas station bathroom vandalism in Rio.

The 32-year-old Olympic gold medalist originally claimed that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint, but the story later fell apart and it was revealed that he allegedly vandalized the bathroom. The USOC has since released an apology and the swimmers involved have been making their way back to the United States.

“I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend — for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics,” Ryan said in a statement released on Instagram on Friday (August 19). “I waited to share these thoughts until it was confirmed that the legal situation was addressed and it was clear that my teammates would be arriving home safely.”

“It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country – with a language barrier – and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event,” Ryan continued. “I am very proud to represent my country in Olympic competition and this was a situation that could and should have been avoided. I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.”

“I am grateful for my USA Swimming teammates and the USOC, and appreciate all of the efforts of the IOC, the Rio ’16 Host Committee, and the people of Brazil who welcomed us to Rio and worked so hard to make sure that these Olympic Games provided a lifetime of great new memories,” Ryan concluded. “There has already been too much said and too many valuable resources dedicated to what happened last weekend, so I hope we spend our time celebrating the great stories and performances of these Games and look ahead to celebrating future successes.”

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Posted to: 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Ryan Lochte

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  • fromanotherplanet

    THUG!!!

  • Luiza

    LIAR NOBODY HAS DEMANDED YOU TO GIVE THEM MONEY!!!!!!!

  • Maria M.

    Dude, this douche isn’t sorry at all for his fuck up. He is not even trying to apologize

  • ana

    ATTENTION SEEKER!!

  • Jezza

    I actually though he didn’t have 2 brain cells to rub together to make this up. It just makes him look like a bigger douche than if he had just own up to it in the first place.

  • LaCroix

    Srsly ppl? Not saying I agree with vandalism, but most ppl are acting like they never got drunk & made a mess of things somewhere.. I mean get a grip he didn’t physically hurt anyone. So stop acting like you all are jesus christ.

  • LaCroix

    Srsly ppl? Not saying I agree with vandalism, but most ppl are acting like they never got drunk & made a mess of things somewhere.. I mean get a grip he didn’t physically hurt anyone. So stop acting like you all are jesus christ.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    way too much has been made out of this … i am sure there is real news out there we can freak out about :)

  • Esmeralda

    They should have just kept their mouths shut

  • Gaga

    Are you serious?? He broke a gas station, pissed all over the place and lied to brazilian cops. The country have many problems, we know, but I dont think its fair doing that. Very, very disrespectful.

  • Juan Cocco

    he is way too old to be acting like this and to not take responsibility for his own actions. he is also way too old for that hair color!!! gross

  • Madsxx

    What a douchebag.

  • LaCroix

    how do you know they pissed everywhere, did you see a tape of them doing so? public bathrooms are always gross no matter what country youre from.. all Im saying is stop trying to crucify people for something so small. you said it yourself Brasil has way more problems than swimmers breaking in a public bathroom.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Brazil has 60k murders, but vandalism is very.. disgusting. priorities man.

  • Gaga

    If they did it in Usa how you think the authorities will act??And ok. Maybe we didnt see the part of them pissing, but they broke the bathroom and make fun of the situation. And sorry, but one problem doesnt make other less serious.

  • Gaga

    They are not just some kids. They are athletes representing USA at the biggest sports competition. There´s nothing small about that.

  • Gina

    Most people who get caught for vandalism don’t proceed to fabricate stories because their pride is hurt & their ego is bruised.

  • jane

    never liked him. always seems so arrogant. even in his ‘apology’ he is blaming everyone else. his career will drown thanks to his stupidity, or at least all his sponsorships

  • Amber

    You’re an idiot. What Ryan Lochte did was despicable as an Olympian representing the United States. He and his teammates acted like damn fools, and instead of taking responsibility for their behavior, they attempted to manipulate the situation by lying to the police, and lying to the media creating what could easily have been an international crisis had there not been video disputing their claims.

    These are people who are supposed to be representing the United States to the rest of the world with the highest integrity and honor. What’s more, Ryan Lochte left Rio and left his teammates behind to deal with his mess, and still has not apologized! What an asshole.

  • Amber

    You’re an idiot. What Ryan Lochte did was despicable as an Olympian representing the United States. He and his teammates acted like damn fools, and instead of taking responsibility for their behavior, they attempted to manipulate the situation by lying to the police, and lying to the media creating what could easily have been an international crisis had there not been video disputing their claims.

    These are people who are supposed to be representing the United States to the rest of the world with the highest integrity and honor. What’s more, Ryan Lochte left Rio and left his teammates behind to deal with his mess, and still has not apologized! What an asshole.

  • Amber

    He shouldn’t be allowed to swim competitively any longer.

  • Amber

    He shouldn’t be allowed to swim competitively any longer.

  • Rogue180

    What a douche. Even the statement looks arrogant. Fabricate a story of robbery at gun point to cover your vandalism, and even doing interviews in national TV saying I’m okay, don’t worry.
    What at embarrassment

  • Ause Ekel

    And he still barely apologizes and tries to put the blame on others. What a spoiled and arrogant douchebag. And he’s 32, he’s freaking old to behave like this, grow up kid. I knew he was already dumb but Rio proved me he really lacks a piece of his brain.

  • Virginia

    He lied shamelessly and now hire someone to clean up its image and try to deceive the people which is a good guy. What an example we want our children to follow, the Phelps or Ryan?
    The Brazilian people are in love with Phelps but Ryan does not have the same love.

  • Cezar

    Shameful “i´m-sorry” from the biggest dumb-spoiled brat-idiot-Olympic-champion ever seen in this world.
    This is not an apology it´s a… hum… rationalization of a excuse-pardon-me. The noBrain lyan-Lochte spend 6 days enjoying the fake crime, laughing of the situation he provoked, happy to see Brasil humiliated asking for his sorry, smiling with the upgrade in security forces and felling a bigger satisfaction for all the attention he was receiving , obfuscating the gold of the real champion M.Phelps, that he hate for years.
    This was a no-apology to save his ass and to prevent is sponsors to leave him and the millions of Dollars he get for swimming.
    This guy is too dumb, too spoiled, too coward, too stupid, too shameful, too idiot and brainless to deserve any respect or comprehension. He need to pay and to suffer all the consequence of is acts.

    The minimum is to be Banned for life from the Olympic Games.

  • lurkerette

    He didn’t lie. He’s only apologizing that the incident took away from news about other athletes. The Brazilian police lied and edited out three minutes of video. The swimmers were the victims of violent crime and extortion. No way I’d ever set foot in the corrupt dump of Brazil after this.

  • LaCroix

    and do you have stats on the subject? Cus you sound like what you’re saying is bible.

  • LaCroix

    Im an idiot cus I don’t know for sure what happened as I wasn’t there… He was drunk he did something wrong.. but he didn’t hurt anyone in the process only himself, his reputation. So why do we need to laugh as we see someone burn? An international crisis? wow you really need to relax. Calling ppl names online is so fukn lame. slow your roll internet thug.

  • LaCroix

    did I fukn say they were kids? Can you read?

  • AeeJay

    Why don’t you talk about what the “security” guys did.. one of them with guns drawn demanded they sit down (video shows this) demanded money from them. I think its pretty clear that its illegal to demand money from anyone in the street. Those security guards should have called the police. Which is illegal no? I would feel like I was robbed as well. Plus add alcohol to the mix it might make what happened to you fuzzy. Its not rocket science. It isn’t appropriate behavior, but the security did not act correctly as well, you can’t just blame the US Swimmers solely. An educated mind is able to see all sides not just the one you do like.

  • Gina

    Stats on the mindset of an arrogant vandal? No hon, I don’t. Must’ve missed that chapter in school. You on the other hand seem to be a well-versed apologist on the matter.

  • http://spiderliliez.tumblr.com spiderliliez

    WHAT A FUCKING TWAT.

  • Christian K

    It’s not serious. They paid for the damage (and likely more than the damage) on the spot (at gunpoint). In the US? An insurance claim would be filed and the gas station would put a plaque saying “Broken by Olympians” and charge more for using the bathroom. :)

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  • londongirl75

    Yes, there is cctv video from the gas station which has since been released.

  • Justin Truth

    The real damage is not done at the gas station. The real damage is done when Lochte start lying about the incident framing the swimmers were robbed at gun point with incredible stories that are fault. This includes saying their taxi was sideswiped (never happened), taxi got pull over, held a gun to his forehead…etc. Lochte fabricated a childish story that he stood up to the gunmen…etc.

    The damage is very significant.

  • Justin Truth

    It was two guards against four athletes. The guards has the full right to brandish his licensed weapon to compel the swimmers to stay until police arrive.

    The guards were to call the police. The swimmers pleaded with the guards not to. The guards then (apparently in line with local culture to settle petty offense in private) ask for money to compensate the damage. One swimmer offered the guard a $20 green back. Another one offers 100 real Brazilian Real (worth about $33). By the way, the swimmers were not cornered in a dark alley. These happen in a public gas station with employees and customers watching. One local even came over to be the translator.

  • Justin Truth

    I believe the Brazilian authorities has exercised professionalism and restraints. They are applying their laws without excess. Two of the swimmers were not charged as they did not file false police reports. Feigen made a deal with the Brazilian authorities to avoid prosecution by donating 35,000 reals (about US$10,800) to charity that teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo to kids in the favelas. “This is perfectly normal,” said Rio-based criminal lawyer Renato Neves Tonini. The law allowing the deal was introduced in the mid-1990s within a broader effort to make the country’s judicial system less punitive.

  • Justin Truth

    Indeed this is Lochte’s downfall and I am using his story to teach children with. There was no real damage done in the gas station despite it is totally unacceptable behavior. The real damage is done when Lochte start lying about the incident framing the swimmers were robbed at gun point with incredible stories that are fault. This includes saying their taxi was sideswiped (never happened), taxi got pull over, held a gun to his forehead…etc. Lochte fabricated a childish story that he stood up to the gunmen…etc.

  • AeeJay

    wtf? we all know the damn story.. If you think that its OK to brandish a gun at ppl who don’t have any weapons or acting violent towards the “security” in anyway.. then we don’t have anything further to discuss. peace.

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