Ryan Lochte Suspended for 10 Months for Lying About Robbery at Rio Olympics
According to TMZ, the International Olympic Committee, and U.S. Swimming also approved of Lochte’s punishment for fabricating a story about a gunpoint robbery to cover up his hijinks. Sources close to the situation also tell the publication that there are “additional sanctions” on top of the suspension.
The three other U.S. swimmers who were also involved in the incident — Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Condor — have also been suspended, though for a shorter amount of time. At least one is said to have gotten a four-month suspension.
As previously reported, Lochte told the press that he and three other teammates were robbed by an armed gunman while out partying one night during the Rio Olympics. Security footage later revealed that the men had scuffled with security guards at a local gas station after they had destroyed property on the premise.
Lochte since admitted that he had “exaggerated” some of the truths that night, explaining that he was still intoxicated when he initially gave the statement.
“It’s how you want to make it look like. Whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion, or us paying just for the damages, like, we don’t know,” the 13-time Olympic medalist told NBC News. “All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction, and we were demanded to give money.”
Though many of the swimmer’s sponsors cut ties with him amid the scandal, Lochte found a new endorsement deal promoting throat lozenges up returning home from the Rio Olympics. He also signed up to appear on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.