Attorney: Ryan Lochte to Seek Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

by Robert Gibbs 64

October 05th, 2018 News

USA Olympian Ryan Lochte will seek treatment for alcohol addiction,  following a reported drunken incident at a Los Angeles area hotel Thursday morning, according to statement from his lawyer reported by TMZ.

Lochte’s lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, told TMZ Sports that “Ryan has been battling from alcohol addiction for many years and unfortunately it has become a destructive pattern for him…He has acknowledged that he needs professional assistance to overcome his problem and will be getting help immediately.”

Lochte has a child and was recently married, something Ostrow reference as well.

“Ryan knows that conquering this disease now is a must for him to avoid making future poor decisions, to be the best husband and father he can be, and if he wants to achieve his goal to return to dominance in the pool in his 5th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.”

TMZ reports that around 3AM on Thursday, security had to be called as Lochte was allegedly attempting to kick down his own hotel room door. No arrests were made.

The 34 year-old Lochte is currently serving a 14-month suspension due to receiving an IV infusion greater than the allowed limit.  That suspension will expire in July of 2019.  Assuming there are not further incidents, Lochte will still be eligible to compete at the 2020 USA Olympic Trials, where he will be attempting to make his fifth Olympic team.

This isn’t the first time Lochte has made headlines due to incidents involving alcohol. He and three other US swimmers were the center of an incident at a Rio gas station following the racing events at 2016 Summer Olympics.  Lochte later admitted to suffering from depression in the wake of that incident.

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Bossanova easily claims the first post!

Get well soon Lochtenator. JEAH!


Swim coaches across the world: “Alcohol negatively affects your athletic performance in the pool”

Me, an intellectual: “Then why is the 200 IM WR holder going to rehab?”


This pretty much confirms that the B vitamin IV was the result of trying to cure a hangover.


WOW, you just fell face deep in a pile of intellectual jargon. Alcoholism is a disease. Like all disease it starts silent with no affect on you or your performance until it is completely out of control, and consumes you and everyone around you.

I performed at a high level for years both athletically and professionally until it tried to take everything from me; health, sanity, love, family, friends, job, house and my dignity. A Coach leads and aspires to have a positive effect on his athletes this includes “things” that have a affect on performance. Me an intellectual would hypothesize many a great athlete can identify a time when performance was affected by alcohol or a disease…………

Kevin Roberton



That guy wasn’t being sarcastic at all. Good thing you educated him on how alcoholism works.


Good thing you put him in his place for opening up about is/her experience with addiction. Unless you have been there, it is probably hard to fathom.


Alcoholism is an ADDICTION like any other addiction – that mask one or many repressed mental / emotional / or psychological issues or past traumas ( even if it was not visible for years prior to the addition like u experienced ) . There is no disease behind an addiction but mental patterns repeating themselves to avoid confronting the issues coming to the surface & keeping the addition alive . I have studied the human psyche for 20 years + and have worked with many different cases of addiction , so i can say this : many are too afraid to be vulnerable and utterly honest in order to seek the help they need ( they might look like they… Read more »

SUM Ting Wong

It is not always about the self .Sometimes ppl are made to do horrible things e.g. as in a war. There is nothing they or anyone can do about It . It has been done & no one can give or absolve you , no priests, no therapist . There is no consolation . Alcohol got a generation thru to an expedited but acceptable death age. They barely got there in one piece just hanging on to hang on . I kinda think it is more poignant than sad. I do not know Ryan’s reasons but as that generation is 99% outside of military action it unlikely to be shatteringly catastrophic . So it could be recovered from . I’d… Read more »


i understand what u are saying – and i am sure Ryan will recover ( he has had a fabulous career so far minor a few incidents so far ) and i am sure he will find the ” recovery Facilitator ” to work with the root cause . I still beleive that if anyone dies out of an alcohol addiction , its their responsibility and theirs only . Nobody or nothing to blame for that . It could be that a disempowering old mind pattern was too strong for them to handle – there are so many hidden strong reasons for them not to take charge of it . My Mother had a Father who was alcoholic and she… Read more »

SUM Ting Wong

Sometimes for others who have suffered the nail on the coffin is the best sound they’ve heard for years. Free At last .


And the #2 all-time has had his alcohol issues too


And Ian Thorpe.And Grant Hackett…..


I hope that as intellectual you have an intellect powerful enough to imagine what Ryan could’ve achieved if not of this problem.
You are either an alcoholic by yourself trying justify your weaknesses or really don’t know what you are talking about. And you lucky if the later is true.


Lol every commenter on this Thread except patrick and Kevin roberton Must be 45 years or older lmao 😂


And I guess you are 14 or younger. Don’t be a tool.


… and being over 45 is an issue? When life takes ugly turns here and there over the years, I hope you are strong enough to find other ways to manage. Alcohol and other drugs may seem like a temporary solution until it becomes an addiction.


Hope the guy can get the help he needs. I don’t see an issue with drinking if they can keep it to social or occasional fun, but when it starts to disrupt their ability to function on a daily basis (or obviously, if they drive drunk) it’s gone too far. Clearly, it’s reached that point – he needs to get help and back home to his family.


Exactly !! He has months in front him to treat the rootcause before he can be back at full potential in life and in the pool


Getting back in the pool is the last thought that needs to be on Lochte’s mind while he is in recovery.


not necessarily – why ? because keeping certain objectives / projects / goals is important to boost the motivation to tackle the problem at the base .