Remembering 2016 Sports: Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte robbed in Rio! Wait, no he wasn’t

 (Patrick B. Kraemer / EPA)
(Patrick B. Kraemer / EPA)

It was the story that dominated the last week of the Olympics and made everyone who read it feel like they needed to take a shower.

At first, the story Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte told was frightening. A late-night robbery in Rio, with a pistol pressed to his head while he bravely said “Whatever.”

Turns out the truth was a little different . Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers had done a little drinking and did some minor damage to a gas station restroom. Armed security guards confronted them, demanding payment.

Lochte invented the robbery story, which fed into the deepest fears that the Olympics in Rio were not safe. In the aftermath, Lochte apologized and U.S. Swimming suspended him from competition for 10 months.

I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.

Lochte
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