Colbert gleefully re-contextualized the interview, especially Lochte’s admission that he was intoxicated not just during the incident itself, but during an interview with Billy Bush several hours later. The host even asked if the swimmer was drunk at the moment, shining a flashlight in his face and dangling a cat toy in front of him just to be sure. Colbert was so flummoxed by Lochte’s lapses in judgment, he showed the Olympian a banana and asked if the swimmer thought it was a gun.
Still, Colbert closed with a softball, asking Lochte what fans could expect from him if he is allowed to return to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo: “Intoxicated.”
Despite winning in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, Ryan Lochte emerged as 2016 Rio Olympics’ biggest loser.