U.S. Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Apologizes for Rio Scandal: ‘So Sorry for the Drama’
U.S. swimmer Jimmy Feigen issued an apology for his part in the Rio gas station scandal.
He joins his teammate Ryan Lochte in apologizing for lying about their incident that has caused a lot of controversy during the 2016 Olympics. “I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall,” Feigen, 26, said in a statement to NBC.
“I realize I made a mistake by omitting these facts. I was trying to protect my teammates and for this I apologize,” he continued. Lochte, Feigen, and two other American swimmers revealed that they were robbed at gunpoint. However, Brazil police authorities found some inconsistencies with their story resulting in the realization that it never happened.
“I am so sorry for the drama this has caused in everyone’s lives,” Feigen also said, adding that he his very thankful to be back home and that this ordeal is over.