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US Swimmers’ Alleged Robbery: Police Release CCTV Footage showing that the Swimmers Vandalised Gas Station | USOC Apologises

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Ryan Lochte and James Feigen have been indicted in Rio for filing a false police report.

A few days back, Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were allegedly stopped by people posing as armed police in Rio.

Following their allegations,  the police have released the CCTV footage of the four swimmers returning to the Olympic village in the early hours of August 14 after celebrating their final competitions.


This clip is now at the centre of a police investigation because the swimmers  claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint at a petrol station.

According to BBC, the athletes’ accounts have now been contradicted by Rio police who say they have evidence that the men were involved in a fight at the petrol station after one of them kicked a toilet door in, and that they invented the robbery to cover it up.

Since the incident, two of the four have made public statements about the robbery.
Posting on Instagram, Lochte said, “While it is true that my teammates and I were the victims of a robbery early Sunday morning, what is most important is that we are safe and unharmed.”

A police official told Associated Press that Lochte and Feigen were unable to give basic details and were contradicting each other’s stories.

Lochte and Feigen told the police they left Club France at about 04:00 and took a taxi from a nearby petrol station. According to their account, they went straight from the club to the village – a journey of 30 to 40 minutes – with the robbery happening along the way.

But the CCTV footage clocks the swimmers returning to the village at 06:56, nearly three hours after they left the club.

It was after this that Ryan Lochte then slightly altered his account, telling NBC on Wednesday that the taxi was not pulled over but they were robbed while making a stop at a petrol station. He added that the gun was not pointed directly at his forehead. After this, the Police tried to find the taxi driver, or any other witnesses, but have been unable to do so.

According to CNN, Conger and Bentz were taken off an airliner on Wednesday night as they were preparing to go home after Brazilian judge to issue warrants for the seizure of the Americans’ passports so they couldn’t leave the country before they were questioned.

Officials said Conger and Bentz spoke with police Thursday at the tourist police office.

The two gave a statement to police in which they denied having been victims of a robbery and clarified that the version of events presented by Ryan Lochte was not true.

Following the development, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has released a statement. It read in parts:

As we understand it, the four athletes (Bentz, Conger, Feigen and Ryan Lochte) left France House early in the morning of August 14 in a taxi headed to the Olympic Village.

They stopped at a gas station to use the restroom, where one of the athletes committed an act of vandalism. An argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment. Once the security officials received money from the athletes, the athletes were allowed to leave.

The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members. We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States.

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.

Police also said they have identified the recording of the phone call from the gas station and the security guard at the station has given a statement to police.

13 Comments

  1. nwa nna

    August 19, 2016 at 11:54 am

    How irresponsible of these US swimmers making up such a story! They need to go hide their heads in shame, you’re are a guest in someone’s house and still chose to disrespect them.. This is the height of irresponsibility, I would say they ought to know better but apparently not.

    • Damilola

      August 19, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      This is unacceptable. I hope there’s consequence for such action because this is high level foolishness. If they were black players who fabricated such story will receive harsher criticism and hatred than this.

  2. Err

    August 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    They where taught by their wicked hatefilled imperialist parents,they would have got away with the lie,if it was in the US against a black man.

  3. good girl

    August 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    booooooooo..this is how they like to use the false perception about a country to behave anyhow…i remember a similar incident like that in a supermarket parking lot in abuja

  4. Ayishaa

    August 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    IOC should come up with a punishment for this type of behaviour. Cos someone else will try it next time. No wonder lochte left in such a hurry…..

  5. Me

    August 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Apparently lochte fabricated the robbery story because he was hiding the fact that he went to look for women…didn’t want his girlfriend to find out. I’m happy these athletes were embarrassed, they think they are in America… Nonsense.

    See why it is good to settle down or be married, phelps would have been a part of this brouhaha if he didn’t have a family of his own,

    • Tosin

      August 20, 2016 at 2:11 am

      from the days of Cain and Abel until now…it’s never the crime but the cover up! looking for women, small deal. lying about it to international media, bigger deal.
      people who love marriage will see pro-marriage lessons in all sorts of places. 🙂 reminds me of my parents.

  6. Xplorenollywood.com

    August 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    It’s much more than punishment for Ryan actually, if indeed it is true, he will extradited to Brazil to face his charges and then he will be stripped of all his endorsement which right now includes Speedo and Polo! All this bragado for what, you feel you are high and mighty cos you are American! You go soon see.

  7. nunulicious

    August 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Na wa oh.
    This is just shocking. bad behaviour. If it was Nigeria now, we won’t hear the last of it. Iranu!

  8. Naijatalk

    August 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Look at what an overinflated sense of self entitlement can cause, bringing shame to your nation. If the boys were black, we will not hear the end of it. Would they have tried this in London?

    • nene

      August 21, 2016 at 6:40 am

      dont mind them

  9. Tosin

    August 20, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Lesson: oyinbo is not always right. road modehs are not always good. They made Brazil look bad. Very selfish of them.

  10. nene

    August 21, 2016 at 6:39 am

    americans are idots and ignorant. that’s why the world hates them. europeans would never do this.

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