By now, you've probably heard of “LochteGate,”the growing Rio Olympics scandal involving American swim champion Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates — Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen.
Let's rewind a bit with a brief history of the scandal.
This past Monday, outlets reported that members of the USA olympic swim team had been robbed by gun point in Rio de Janeiro.
Lochte's account of the night to NBC was chilling:
"We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a police badge, no lights, no nothing — just a police badge and they pulled us over.
They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground."
Then, the story began to unravel at the seams.
A security video of the American swimmers, taken after the supposed harrowing experience, apparently gave a Brazilian judge pause. The athletes appear jovial, with Lochte hitting Feigen over the head with his wallet in a joking manner:
Now, the truth has apparently come out.
According to the NY Times:
After watching video and hearing testimony from witnesses, the Brazilian police have determined the incident involved damage to a bathroom door at a gas station where the swimmers stopped in the early hours Sunday on the way back to the athletes’ village from a party.
A Brazilian police official who had reviewed the video images said that there had been no armed assault, contrary to what the swimmers had claimed. The official declined to be identified because the investigation was continuing.
USA Today reports that Judge Keyla Blank ordered Lochte and Feigen not to leave the country so court officials could further investigate the incident. Bentz and Conger were taken off their flight out back home to the U.S. this past Wednesday night for more questioning.
Lochte, however, had already left his teammates and Brazil. Here he is smiling with a flight attendant:
Here's Lochte with a passenger on his flight back home:
And here is is, just three days ago with a “pop in” at “The Today Show,” where he again re-iterated the false tale of robbery to Matt Lauer:
People Magazine reports that Lochte also posted a “silly birthday Instagram shout-out vid to fellow Team U.S.A. athlete Elizabeth Beisel on Thursday.” That vid has since been deleted from his social media.
Though Lochte seems to be having a good time on his travels home, his teammates, Bentz, Conger and Feigen, are all apparently co-operating with the Brazilian authorities and providing further testimony over what actually happened that night.
Here's video footage of the night in question. Stay tuned...