Ryan Lochte will discuss the why he fabricated the story about being robbed at gunpoint in a new interview with Matt Lauer, with a preview scheduled to air during NBC’s Rio Olympics coverage Saturday night before it is broadcast in full on Monday’s Today. The interview will be the first time Lochte has spoken publicly since his initial NBC interview where he revealed the false details of the alleged robbery.
Lochte previously issued an Instagram statement where he apologized for his behavior and “not being more careful and candid” regarding the incident but didn’t assume any of the blame for the events preceding the encounter with security guards.
The gold medal-winning swimmer previously stated in interviews that men pretending to be police officers robbed him and three other U.S. swimmers at gunpoint following a night out; that story was quickly questioned by Rio authorities who briefly prevented two swimmers from leaving Brazil in order to get the real story of that night’s events.
Lochte’s interview comes after a second swimmer from the night of the incident, Jack Conger, essentially blamed Lochte for escalating the situation beyond simple public urination outside a Rio gas station.
“Four of us took a taxi back to the Olympic Village, and on the way we pulled into a gas station to use the restroom, but ultimately relieved ourselves outside, for which I apologize,” Conger said in a statement to SwimSwam. “Ryan Lochte removed a poster from a nearby wall, which apparently alerted the gas station employees, leading to our being confronted by two armed security men. Although I cooperated with their requests while there was a heated exchange among others, at one point a weapon was pointed at me. Eventually, a man appeared who was able to translate for us, helping to defuse the situation. We paid some money to compensate them for the torn poster, and returned to the Village in a different taxi.”
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