Ryan Lochte Apologizes for His ‘Behavior’ in Rio, But Doesn’t Admit to Lying
Update — Aug. 19, 11:45 a.m. ET: Ryan Lochte has issued an apology for his “behavior” in Rio.
“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,” he wrote on Instagram. Read the apology in full below:
The U.S. Olympic Committee has apologized to Brazil after Lochte and three other American swimmers lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio last weekend.
CEO Scott Blackman stated that the behaviour of the men was “not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA,” adding that “on behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence.”
Lochte’s lawyer, Jeffrey Ostrow, later commented on the unfolding legal situation following news that his client could face charges for filing a false police 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,” he said in a statement.
So what does this mean for Lochte and the others? Well, if charged, they could face up to six months in prison. TMZ also learned Lochte is preparing an apology to the U.S. and Brazil.