Ryan Lochte “GMA” Video: Rio “Robbery” Scandal “Dragged Out Way Too Long”
Ryan Lochte gave his first live TV interview about his Rio “robbery” scandal on Tuesday’s “GMA.” Watch below.
As part of his appearance on the morning show, Lochte officially joined the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” for season 23. But the controversial Olympian also sat down with Amy Robach for a serious discussion about what did and didn’t go down in Brazil. And right off the bat, he was asked, “Why did you lie?”
Struggling to find the right words, Lochte eventually said, “I’m not one to make excuses, but I was still intoxicated. I was still going through the emotions of having a gun pulled on me. I’m human. I made a mistake, and that’s something I’m going to have to live with.”
Lochte admitted he’s not sure whether he’d still “characterize” the events as a “robbery,” but while he acknowledged ripping a poster at the gas station, he insisted, “There was no damage to the bathroom. I never even entered the bathroom. It was locked, so we couldn’t even go in there at all. So, the story about me vandalizing the bathroom is absurd. It never happened.”
But Robach asked point-blank, “What was the lie?” Lochte confessed, “The thing that I told that wasn’t true was having the gun pointed to my forehead and cocked. That was over-exaggerated.” The swimmer declined to say whether he will go back to Brazil to face charges or pay any fine, instead telling Robach, “We’re just trying to get this overwith. It’s been dragged out way too long.”
“I just want to put this behind me and move forward,” Lochte said. “And I think the rest of the world wants that, too. I mean, we’ve been talking about this way too long, and there’s other bigger, issues that this world is facing.” Still, he expressed regret for how this affected his team mates, and confirmed he apologized to his mom, to whom he had initially told his wild story.
But Lochte also went on to say it’s all been “blown out of proportion.” He told Robach, “I did lie about that one part, and I take full responsibility.” As for “Dancing with the Stars,” it was said the athlete “agreed” to be on the upcoming season “before this incident happened,” and the “GMA” anchor questioned whether that plan was still a good decision since he is still dealing with legal, financial, and emotional ramifications.
“The emotional part is the hardest thing. The past two weeks have been the lowest part of my life. It’s been really hard, but the fans, my family, my friends — they’ve all been really positive, keeping me going, and that’s what I want to do, and this is perfect with the show,” Lochte said.
He went on, “‘Cause I want to put that behind me. I’m never the one to dwell on the past. I want to move forward. I want the whole world to move forward. Everyone’s got to be sick and tired of hearing about this. I know I am.” Check out the full interview below.