Ryan Lochte has issued an apology (of sorts), following a lie that turned into an international scandal!
The swimmer is finally owning up to the fact that his claims of a robbery by fake Brazilian police weren’t exactly truthful.
In case you missed it, Lochte initially claimed that he and his four friends had been robbed at gunpoint by men posing as police officers.
In reality, it looks like Lochte and his pals were completely wasted, allegedly did some property damage to a gas station, and security guards reportedly pointed weapons at them to keep them there until the cops showed up.
In his apology the Olympian, or more realistically, his lawyer 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. 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 I am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event.”
He adds, “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.”
“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.”
Mario Andrada, a spokesman for the local organizers of the Rio Games, responded saying, “We accept and appreciate his apology.”
With Lochte’s apology and a donation by one of the swimmers, it looks like all four members of the group will avoid prosecution by Brazilian law enforcement.
Did the Olympics even happen?