Ryan Lochte Says He Was Suicidal After Rio Olympics
As previously reported, the Olympian and three other swimmers tried to cover up an act of vandalism by claiming they were held up by armed robbers during a night out on the town. Found surveillance footage from a local gas station later showed not only did the men lie about the stick-up, but that they had actually gotten into a physical confrontation with the security guards on the premise over property they had destroyed. Lochte was given a 10-month suspension from competing in the sport as a result.
According to Lochte, he became suicidal in the aftermath of the scandal. He recently told ESPN, “After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world. There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, ‘If I go to bed and never wake up, fine.'”
When asked if he meant suicide, the 32-year-old — who is currently expecting his first child with fiancée Kayla Rae Reid — nodded yes and replied, “I was about to hang up my life entirely.”
“You can be at the all-time high and then the next second the all-time low,” he explained. “I love being at the Olympics, but I’m the opposite of what you’d expect. It’s been that way my whole life.”
Amid the controversy, Lochte lost many sponsorship deals and had his appearance on Dancing with the Stars interrupted by protestors.
“I’m doing good. So many feelings are going through my head right now. A little hurt,” he said at the time. “I came out here and I wanted to do something I was completely uncomfortable with, and I did.”