To be honest, Ryan Lochte has always been a bit of a mystery to us. But after a recent event that has gone down during his time in Rio at the Olympics, he’s the center of an even MORE super mysterious situation. It’s all surrounding an alleged robbery that happened to him and a few other swimmers on Sunday morning. If you’re currently a little bit confused, here are all the deets you need to know.
On Sunday, news broke that Ryan and three other US swimmers were held up at gunpoint in the early hours of the morning. It was said that their taxi was stopped by a group posing as police officers. Lochte and the swimmers were then said to be held at gunpoint and told to hand over their money and other personal belongings. Ryan tweeted about the incident shortly after it happened:
He also spoke about it during multiple interviews. He told NBC, “They pulled out their guns; they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground. And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money; he took my wallet — he left my cell phone; he left my credentials.”
However, after the US Olympic Committee released a statement regarding the incident, the International Olympic Committee deemed the reports “absolutely not true.” Why they have so strongly refuted the story remains unclear.
Brazilian police have been investigating the crime but have been able to find little evidence. According to the Associated Press, police cannot find the athlete’s taxi driver or any witnesses. As they had just come from a club, they were intoxicated and couldn’t remember what type and color of taxi they rode in or where exactly the robbery took place.
Today, it was revealed by AP that a Brazilian judge ordered police to seize Lochte and fellow Olympian Jimmy Feigen’s passports so they would be required to stay in the country during the investigation. However, according to Lochte’s father, Ryan has already returned to the US. Feigen’s location has not been confirmed.
It seems like a very stressful and complicated ordeal, but in classic Lochte fashion, he doesn’t seem to be all that worried about it, considering this tweet he posted just yesterday:
Never change, Ryan.
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