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Ryan Lochte Apologizes For Lying On Instagram, Jimmy Feigen Pays $11K To Leave Brazil

This has gotten so messy boys!

The U.S Olympic Committee says that ALL 4 Olympic swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, lied about the “robbery” in Rio.

Two of the swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were detained while boarding their flight from Rio back to the US.

Eventually, they admitted that they made the whole thing up to cover up for vandalizing a gas station. They allegedly tore down a sign and kicked in a door.

Lochte and Jimmy Feigen continued to stick to their story that men posing as armed guards pulled them over and robbed them at gunpoint. 

Now, Lochte is apologizing for his “unprofessional” behavior on Instagram.

“I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend — for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics. I waited to share these thoughts until it was confirmed that the legal situation was addressed and it was clear that my teammates would be arriving home safely.”

“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. 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.

“I am grateful for my USA Swimming teammates and the USOC, and appreciate all of the efforts of the IOC, the Rio ’16 Host Committee, and the people of Brazil who welcomed us to Rio and worked so hard to make sure that these Olympic Games provided a lifetime of great new memories. There has already been too much said and too many valuable resources dedicated to what happened last weekend, so I hope we spend our time celebrating the great stories and performances of these Games and look ahead to celebrating future successes.”

 

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Swimming executive director Chuck Wields released a statement to US Weekly.
“The last five days have been difficult for our USA Swimming and United States Olympic families. While we are thankful our athletes are safe, we do not condone the lapse in judgement and conduct that led us to this point. It is not representative of what is expected as Olympians, as Americans, as swimmers and as individuals.”
“That this is drawing attention away from Team USA’s incredible accomplishments in the water and by other athletes across the Olympic Games is upsetting. The athletes and their remarkable stories should be the focus,” he continued. “We’re extremely thankful of the support and efforts from the USOC, Department of State and U.S. Consulate General throughout this process. USA Swimming will undergo a thorough review of the incident and determine any further actions, per our Code of Conduct.”
Lochte and Feigen might face indictment over this but Lochte’s lawyer Jeffrey Owens, told ABC News in a statement: “I am not aware of the federal police recommending charges for filing a false report. I am not surprised to hear it though. They’ve gone this far and have failed to acknowledge that the robbery actually took place, so that would be the natural next step. A gun was pointed at the swimmers and they were forced to get out of their cab and give up their money. No matter what happened at the gas station, the swimmers were robbed by people with a gun appearing to be law enforcement. No matter what country you are in that is robbery and robbery is a serious crime.
Feigne has agreed to pay $11,000 towards a Brazilian charity to settle the dispute.
His lawyer in Rio announced the agreement in order to get his passport back and get permission to leave Brazil.
Under Brazilian law, a donation can be made to avoid prosecution for minor offenses although at this point, we aren’t sure what the charge against Feigen is.
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