Ryan Lochte Apology: Sorry For Rio Robbery Story – See Statement
Ryan Lochte apologized on Friday in connection to a lie he told about being robbed at gunpoint a gas station in Rio. See the Olympic athlete’s full statement below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Lochte and three other Olympic swimmers claimed they were held up at a gas station by men posing as police officers, one of whom supposedly held a gun to Lochte’s head. However, Brazilian officials later insisted they found no evidence of such a crime having taken place, and surveillance footage from the gas station refuted Lochte’s and his teammates’ story. It was later determined that the men had actually gotten into a drunken altercation with a gas station attendant, who pointed a gun at the athletes after they vandalized the station’s bathroom and demanded they pay him for the damages.
However, Lochte told his made-up version of the story to the U.S. Olympic Committee, and in subsequent television interviews, but the validity of the swimmer’s claim was questioned when his account of the events began changing. After it was confirmed his story wasn’t true, the swimmer released a statement on Friday expressing remorse for “not being more careful and candid in how I described the events.”
“I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend,” Lochte began in an Instagram post. “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.”
Lochte further expressed, “I am very proud to represent my country in Olympic competition and this was a situation that could and should have been avoided. I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.” See the full apology statement below.