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Ryan Lochte Tells Matt Lauer He 'Definitely Had Too Much to Drink' On Night of Gas Station Incident

Ryan Lochte Tells Matt Lauer He 'Definitely Had Too Much to Drink' On Night of Gas Station Incident

Ryan Lochte is opening up about his robbery allegations and taking responsibility for his actions.

During an interview on NBC with Matt Lauer, the 32-year-old Olympics swimmer spoke about the late-night incident involving him and three teammates at a Rio de Janiero gas station last weekend and how he “over-exaggerated” the story.

Initially, Ryan said that he and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint – all allegations were founded to be made up.

According to Gunnar and Brazilian officials, the U.S. swimmers got rowdy and vandalized a gas station. Interpreters for the swimmers pleaded with the gas station employees not to call the police on them, and a gun was drawn, and the swimmers had to pay for the damage they caused.

Ryan explained his situation by saying, “whether you call it a robbery or extortion or us paying just for the damages. All we know was there was a gun pointed in our direction and were demanded to give money.”

“We just wanted to get out of there,” Ryan continued. “There was a gun pointed in our direction. We were all frightened, and we wanted to get out of there as quick as possible. The only way we knew was this guy saying you have to give them money, so we gave them money and we got out.”

When he was interviewed about the situation the following day, Ryan claims he was “still intoxicated” from the night before because he “definitely had way too much to drink.”

Later on in the interview, Ryan fought back tears as he described how he felt being back in the U.S. while his teammates were detained in Brazil for further interrogations.

“I let my team down,” Ryan said. “I wanted to be there. Like, I don’t want them to think that I left and left them dry, because they were my teammates. I wanted to definitely be there, and I wanted to help out any way I could.”

“I was immature, and I made a stupid mistake,” Ryan said. “I’m human. I’ll definitely learn from this. I’m just really sorry.”

The second part of Matt Lauer‘s interview with Ryan Lochte will air Monday morning on NBC.


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  • Joher

    He’s sorry because they caught him in a lie

  • Anastatia Bagans

    Who f*cking cares?

  • Jen

    Douche! Hope he gets kicked of the team

  • Jen

    Douche! Hope he gets kicked of the team

  • Jen

    Douche! Hope he gets kicked of the team

  • Legendary Trolly

    No one lied. They was drunk and thought they were being robbed. What they did wrong was leaving out the other stuff they did. But they didnt know it was relevant to the “robbery” I dont see how people cant see what happened.

  • lurkerette

    They were robbed. TMZ and the Today Show both proved the only “damage” was a crease in a poster. It was a shake down and armed robbery. The only thing Lochte did wrong was drink too much. It’s not his fault his mother spread the story of what happened.

  • Legendary Trolly

    Thats what I was thinking. No one just flatout makes up a lie like this unless it was something wrong with them. I think they were wasted and a lil confused!

  • giuk

    Robbed?? Have you seen the security footage?? He broke (not creased) the poster, peed in floor and broke the bathroom door.
    There was a man translating in English for them that they couldn’t just leave, they had to wait for the police. They refused to wait and tried to run away, THEN they were stopped by the security guard .
    They decided to PAY for the damages because it wouldn’t involve the police.
    RYAN INSISTED IT WAS A ROBBERY. He gave full interviews with gory details.
    All the other swimmers confirmed that. Confirmed that IT WAS NOT A ROBBERY.

  • suzybel

    “I’ll definitely learn from this”…too bad you didn’t know how stupid that sounds. You’re 32 years old not 16.

  • Star

    lurkerette must be his publicist. He up voted himself. lol

  • Star
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