Bentz and Conger Pulled Off a Rio Plane, More Info on NBC 10 ET

Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have been pulled off a plane in a Rio de Janeiro airport, according to NBC Philadelphia news anchor Jim Rosenfield, and confirmed by NBC Sports.

Neither swimmer was named earlier today by the Brazilian judge who forbid Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen from leaving the country (although Lochte has already made it back to the U.S.

Meanwhile, as confirmed by NBC Sports, Feigen is also still in Brazil, as tweeted here by NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander. 

Matt Lauer of the Today Show spoke with Ryan Lochte tonight, and he will be speaking with Lochte on air.

You can watch the live stream of that conversation tonight at 10 ET here on NBC.

Below is an report on the incident with updates from earlier today written by SwimSwam’s James Sutherland

As we have been reporting over the last few days, Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were robbed and held up at gunpoint early Sunday morning after spending a night out following the final session of the Olympic swimming competition.

News has continued to break about the story all week, including the IOC denying the incident happened all together, and Lochte’s mom revealing that it in fact did happen. Lochte confirmed that it was true the following day and spoke about it on NBC.

A lot of the ongoing issues have stemmed from the fact that the swimmers did not file a police report, nor did they initially inform the USOC about the incident.

Things seem to have escalated once again, as the police have reportedly banned Lochte and Feigen from leaving the country until the story becomes clear and evidence is revealed, according to oglobo.com.

The police apparently received contradictory reports from both Lochte and Feigen about the incident, and the statements from the taxi driver don’t match up with their story.

Once the authorities found out that Lochte had already left the country on Monday, they obtained a warrant and searched the swimmers’ rooms in the Olympic village, mainly to locate Feigen’s cell phone to determine their location during the time of the attack. None of the four swimmers were found by police at the village, according to Globo.

USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky spoke about the incident, stating “there was no effort to detain anyone, but police did have further questions this a.m. It is a matter for our consulate and U.S. citizen services and we will continue to cooperate with all involved”, per USA Today.

There is no information as to why Bentz and Conger were not included in the report that suggests Lochte and Feigen were banned from leaving the country.

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Leonardmatt

So no one knows where jimmy is in brazil?

Dan

Hopefully he’s at the US embassy.

swimdoc

Didn’t show up at the airport after checking in online for his flight. Sounds like he’s at the embassy.

CROOKED HILLARY

I think he’s at the Holiday Inn Express.

Bill Paxton

LET OUR BOYS COME HOME

Yada

How do they have this authority? Bentz and Conger have not been charged with a crime, indeed they were the victims of one. Seems like a gross overstep

Peter B

They do have the authority. Brazilian police summoned them to testify. When you are called as a testimony or victim you HAVE to go. But they opted to leave the country. Now they had their passports taken and will have to stay there for who knows how long. Bad decision. When you’re called to testify you better show up. Whoever knows them should tell them NOT to treat Brazilian police and justice system as a Banana Republic. The last one who did that was a Senator. And he is in jail. Former Brazilian president will go to jail soon for the same reason. Brazil if full of issues, more than this site can cover. There is not enough ink in… Read more »

Yada

Well that was dramatic. But I expect the US consulate will have something to say about this

Peter B

Yada, imagine if this was here in US. A foreign is called to testify and instead run to the airport. What do you believe our police would do?

Yada

I’m not totally sure, but I expect that if said foreigner was robbed and wanted to go home and not bother with pressing charges they would be allowed to do so

Peter B

Yada, not if your story doesn’t make sense. Maybe, just maybe, (total speculation), Lochte was harassed by police officers and got mugged.
What if the good side of police force wants to find out if this was the case to hold people accountable? This is an active investigation now. If you’re called as a testimony you can’t just turn around and leave. Talk to the police for a couple of hours, tell them what you know and go home after.
Simple.
Going to the airport after being called to testify was a VERY bad decision.

Yada

I guess I wasn’t aware that they were called to testify. Another thing that doesn’t really makes sense to me. If they aren’t pressing charges, why compel someone to testify?

Peter B

Because they are witnesses in the investigation. They suspect Lochte, not Conger, not Bentz. Per the Brazilian law, Lochte, if called, has the right to remain silent. Conger and Bentz, as witnesses, do not have this right. They have to speak.

Yada

Gotcha. So then my question becomes what evidence is there to suggest lochtes report was false? The judge surely needs something of that nature yes?

Peter B

Naturally she does.

Chauncey

Are you a Brazilian law professor, or just a troll?

Peter B

No comments, Chauncey.

HulkSwim

is this like the seinfeld good samaritan law?

Justin

Because there are many contradictions in the story they told and evidence that they are lying. And that is a crime. So it needs to be investigated, and they should not leave the country, as this would hamper the investigations. Understood?

Justin

The consulate can only monitor and provide legal assistance. You can not intervene in the progress of the investigation or attempt to circumvent Brazilian law.

Chris

No Peter, they do not have any rightful authority. Wait until news back to the greatest country in the world that our athletes have been kidnapped.. You will see who shouldn’t be messed with.

Peter B

Chris, our guys were in a foreign territory. And they needed to follow their rules. And in the Brazilian law, if you are called as a victim or testimony, you HAVE to go.
It is irrelevant if you don’t agree.

Chauncey

Another reason why the olympics should not have been held in a third-world country to begin with

Swim2win

Let this be a lesson for all of us

Justin

If we want foreigners respect US law, we must also learn to respect the laws of other countries.

Justin

At least there has not happened any terrorist attack, as happened in the Atlanta Olympics.

SW SwimMom

That was a domestic terrorist, if you recall. No “foreigner” tried to take out any athletes or spectators. He was born and bred right here in the US of A.

Victor P

That’s what the O Globo site says, but I don’t for one minute believe that they would try to flee Brazilian authorities upon being summoned, and I don’t believe that information would have been kept from the USOC or the coaching staff, which would mean that they would have had knowledge of their desire to flee and either are complicit in the decision or chose to not inform authorities. At this point, I have very little credibility in the Brazilian justice system – the same one that misspelled both Lochte’s and Feigen’s names in the warrant they issued.

Attila the Hunt

Did you not read the article?
Jimmy Feigen was trying to flee the country (he was booked and did online check-in on the same flight as Conger and Bentz, but didn’t turn up at the airport), even after the court has told him not to leave Brazil.
He is in hiding now.
Why would he hide if they never did anything wrong?
He can be accompanied by embassy and consular people with security as well to go to the police for questioning. That’s all.
But he hide.

Blastman

Did the swimmers know they had to give testimony? All US Olympic athletes should have been briefed about the Brazilian police and justice system. IF they were, and they’re fabricating the story, shame on them. But if they are telling the truth about the robbery, and I believe they are, {they are four high character athletes], and they somehow get prosecuted by Brazilian police, they there should be some assertive and aggressive diplomatic negotiations by USA Swimming, the USOC and the American Government.

Peter B

In Brazil, reporting a false crime is a crime. They suspect Lochte reported a false crime and Bentz and Conger are witnesses on an active investigation.
Play by the rules (their rules), don’t be a smart ass. Their justice system knows this involves a foreign, an American. They know the embassy will be involved. And that this will get global press coverage. For this very reason the authorities over there will do everything by the book.

Brute Bradford

No official report of a crime was taken, so it’s false to say the Brazilian police suspect a false report. What the Brazilian police DO worry about is that the participation of Brazilian cops in the robbery might be revealed, and the corruption throughout the entire Brazilian judicial system will too.

Peter B

Wrong. A robbery is a crime that, in the Brazilian law, is considered public fact. A robbery DOES NOT NEED to be formally reported in Brazil. If the police gets the information that a robbery has taken place, they HAVE TO investigate or they would be the ones prevaricating. And this is a crime in itself.
We have to stop judging this under the US laws and costumes. The Brazilian law is the one that matters here.

Peter B

Wrong. A robbery is a crime that, in the Brazilian law, is considered public fact. A robbery DOES NOT NEED to be formally reported in Brazil. If the police gets the information that a robbery has taken place, they HAVE TO investigate or they would be the ones prevaricating. And this is a crime in itself.
We have to stop judging this under the US laws and costumes. The Brazilian law is the one that matters here.

Victor P

Read “The Deadly Side of Rio…” by Amnesty International and tell me your faith in Brazilian “justice” system remains unscathed.

Chauncey

Well said, not

northern light

Best to have done that in the first place.

Wahooswimfan

tell the truth is correct advice, but unfortunately, the Brazilian judicial/police system, just like the US system, is very good in part, but has its bad/banana republic components – every nation does in part. We just don’t know what type agency/office they are dealing with, so best advice is to get a good local lawyer. (or leave the country by other means – private plane, boat, )

Bo swims

You’re not in Kansas anymore.

Peter B

BTW, normally they talk to the justice system, give their statements and go home after answering all questions. Authorities are not going to hold them there.
They were removed from the plane simply because they ignored the request to testify.
They will be on a plane tomorrow.

Brute Bradford

Even in Brazil, if the authorities want to question someone as a material witness, they need a warrant. And no warrant was issued for Conger and Bentz.

Justin

The Brazilian court had asked handed passports and remain in Brazil. But they disobeyed this order and were “running” the country. This is almost like a confession of guilt.

Attila the Hunt

Yes. There were court-issued warrant against Feigen, but he was trying to flee the country (he was booked and did online check-in on the same flight as Conger and Bentz, but didn’t turn up at the airport), even after the court has told him not to leave Brazil.
He is in hiding now.

Justin

They disrespected the order of Brazilian justice not to leave the country. Of course they are guilty.

The authorities have all the power to do so. They are in Brazil, subject to the laws of that country.

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