In August 2016, the swimmer falsely claimed that he and Workforce USA swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen have been robbed at gunpoint at a gasoline station in Brazil throughout the Rio Video games. He was admittedly “hammered” on the time, as he’d been celebrating their win; Lochte later confessed he didn’t remember all the details of the night time. After returning to the Olympic Village, Lochte exaggerated the story to his mother, who later advised the media that Lochte had been robbed at gunpoint. He repeated the story on NBC’s As we speak—and earlier than lengthy, his lies received the very best of him.
At first, Lochte had advised Billy Bush on the Today present, “We received pulled over, within the taxi, and these guys got here out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing only a police badge and so they pulled us over. They pulled out their weapons, they advised the opposite swimmers to get down on the bottom—they received down on the bottom. I refused, I used to be like we did not do something fallacious, so I am not getting down on the bottom.”
After the reality got here out, Lochte was dropped by his sponsors and a given a 10-month suspension by the usA. Swimming and the USA Olympic Committee.