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Ryan Lochte Admits He Was Suicidal After Rio Robbery Controversy

Ryan Lochte Admits He Was Suicidal After Rio Robbery Controversy

Ryan Lochte is opening up about his controversy at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and is admitting he had suicidal thoughts due to the aftermath.

“After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world. There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, ‘If I go to bed and never wake up, fine,’” the 32-year-old swimmer told ESPN. Ryan was asked if he meant suicide, and he nodded to the reporter.

“I was about to hang up my life entirely,” Ryan continued.

“You can be at the all-time high and then the next second the all-time low,” he continued. “I love being at the Olympics, but I’m the opposite of what you’d expect. It’s been that way my whole life.”

If you didn’t know, Ryan and some of his swim teammates in Rio lied about being robbed at gunpoint back in August. Ryan has won six gold, three silver, three bronze Olympic medals over the course of his career. He has been banned from swimming for several months due to the story.

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  • Joher

    Worst photoshoot I’ve seen in a while

  • TaraTeller

    Oh the drama.

  • Dylan

    It’s sad to hear people speak of having suicidal thoughts. Having said that, what he did was vile, despicable, and his behavior screamed of privileged-white-man. I hope he’s learned his lesson; the hate he got was well deserved.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Poor Ryan. Too much stupidity for him. It must be a burden.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Right? And his hands behind his head, the worst.

  • Visitor

    Yeah sure!

  • Ricardo Martinez

    Rich people problems

  • Casey C

    boo hoo, you lied, continued to lie, got caught and wimped out.

  • Casey C

    boo hoo, you lied, continued to lie, got caught and wimped out.

  • tom

    was not

  • annahannah

    THE MAJOR CORRUPT GOV. IN BRAZIL IS DISGUSTING AND RYAN WAS TREATED SO UNFAIRLY BY BRAZIL AND US AS WELL!

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  • victorg

    he wasnt suicidal….just wants sympathy.

  • You Ain’t No Sanjaya

    Lochte was way out of line, but yeah, the pearl-clutching of the Brazilian government was all about the shake-down.

  • Drmrby

    Seriously though, fuck this guy! Swim Shady will get zero sympathy from me.

  • SquidBillie

    Absolutely. I’ve been to South America and I’ve seen it happen, it’s pathetic. The authorities also lied, but it got brushed under the rug at that point so all the fingers would still be pointed at Lochte.

  • SquidBillie

    Absolutely. I’ve been to South America and I’ve seen it happen, it’s pathetic. The authorities also lied, but it got brushed under the rug at that point so all the fingers would still be pointed at Lochte.

  • SquidBillie

    You don’t even know the facts of the case.

  • SquidBillie

    Racist