With a few days left in the Olympics, the big story has shifted from the great performances, Usain Bolt’s next run and the closing ceremonies, to Ryan Lochte and the three other members of the American swim team. The mystery around what they initially claimed to be a robbery at gunpoint by a man (or men, according to one of the members) with a fake police badge, but is now being called a fabrication by Brazilian authorities, has become the biggest news as we lead into the weekend.
Now, with this footage surfacing with what shows the swimmers leaving the gas station, getting into a cab and then being escorted out of the cab, the story is taking on a different twist. The next thing we see is the swimmers sitting on the curb with their hands in the air. The unnamed Brazilian authority claimed the Olympians were approached by a security guard who did have a pistol, but that pistol was never taken out. The Americans claim they were held up, the authority says they paid a sum and were on their way. Lochte went home to America, while Conger and Bentz were pulled off a plane going back to the United States late Wednesday evening. They supposedly told police that the robbery story was made up. According to the AP, the unnamed Brazilian source says Lochte first lied about the robbery to his mother, Ileana Lochte, who confirmed the robbery story to reporters.
Lochte and the other swimmers have not denied any of these claims and have issued no statements at the present time. No charges have been filed against them, and as the video shows, it’s really hard to know exactly what happened in Rio that night and things are now murkier than ever.
Update: According to the AP, the unnamed Brazilian source has confirmed that there were two security guards present at the gas station, and they did pull their weapons on the detained swimmers.