Globo.com Reports Lochte Robbery Story Was Fabricated, Alleges Gas Station Altercation

Brazilian news site Globo.com is reporting that Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers weren’t robbed at gunpoint as they originally alleged, but rather were involved in an altercation at a gas station after the swimmers damaged a bathroom door and other items.

Globo.com says that Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were in a cab Sunday night on the way home from a party and stopped at a gas station to use the bathroom. The Globo report says damage was done to the bathroom door, soap dispenser, paper towel dispenser and a bathroom sign, and that the swimmers wanted to leave without paying for the damages.

The police were called, the report says, but while waiting for them to arrive, the swimmers were “aggressive” and forced security guards to point a gun at them to keep them from leaving the scene.

Globo.com says an agreement was struck at some point for the athletes to pay for the damages.

There’s some confusion as to Bentz and Conger’s involvement. Originally, a judge ordered that Lochte’s and Feigen’s passports be confiscated until the full story became clear, but Bentz and Conger were not included in that order. But the two were pulled off of the airplane prior to their flight home from Rio last night.

Globo.com’s report says that police say Bentz and Conger are only witnesses to the altercation, though a judge’s order says differently. The four now have a Brazilian lawyer, Sergio Riera, who says they were “frightened” and didn’t originally understand why they were pulled from the flight.

Lochte has already left Rio and is back in the United States. But it appears the other three will remain in Brazil until the situation is resolved.

Meanwhile ABCNews reports that CCTV footage showed one of the swimmers “breaking down the door to the bathroom at the gas station and fighting with a security guard,” citing a Brazilian police source.

UPDATE: Now ESPN is reporting that the swimmers wanted to use the bathroom but found the door locked. The alleged breaking of the door happened when “a few of the swimmers… pushed on the door and broke it.” ESPN also reports that a security guard confronted the swimmers but did not take out his gun or point it at the swimmers. ESPN’s info comes from an anonymous official with the Brazilian police department.

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swimdoc
4 years ago

Oh, Jimmy. Methinks you busted down the bathroom door.

coach
4 years ago

I’m so sad

4 years ago

I really hope this is just the Brazilian spin on what happened. But, if it isn’t…….

swimdoc
4 years ago

“An agreement was struck at some point for the athletes to pay for the damages.” Funny how cocking a gun and pointing at someone brings out the generosity in others.

Brute Bradford
Reply to  swimdoc
4 years ago

Best post I’ve read in a long time.

Neverwas
Reply to  swimdoc
4 years ago

Forget duct tape and WD40.

Guns are always the best solution for any problem!

taa
4 years ago

Way to make America look good

swimdoc
Reply to  taa
4 years ago

Making it great again.

caliswimmer
4 years ago

So they lied, makes sense

Scott Morgan
Reply to  caliswimmer
4 years ago

Yea, their story was bunk from the beginning.

swimdoc
4 years ago

Gunny Bunny’s snapchat of Conger giving a celebratory fist after clearing customs isn’t the best look.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  swimdoc
4 years ago

That was a major dick move.

Super embarrassing, especially shown in contrast how frightened like little girls they were after being pulled from the gate.

swamswam
Reply to  swimdoc
4 years ago

Lets remember Gunny Bunny is also the athlete who gave his food to a homeless man in the car karaoke video before questioning his character and trying to make him out as some arrogant monster.
Especially after the Aussies are now reporting being robbed, I’m not convinced that Brazil isn’t trying to slander the Americans just to make Rio look safer than it clearly is.

Wow
Reply to  swamswam
4 years ago

Let’s also remember that he’s a lying punk who is a total embarrassment to the US.

Reasonable
Reply to  Wow
4 years ago

A lying punk? Calm down you jerk. You don’t know anything more than anyone else.

Wow
Reply to  Reasonable
4 years ago

Oh I’m very calm. Just expressing my accurate and correct beliefs about this hot mess. Last time I checked, they are all liars and made up the whole story. There is surveillance videos to prove it so yes, I clearly know more than you, jerk.

PVSFree
Reply to  Wow
4 years ago

Bentz and Conger never confirmed or denied the story. All we know is that they were there

LOCHTE\'S SELF CONTROL
Reply to  PVSFree
4 years ago

They did confirm Lochte’s original story early on.

swimdoc
Reply to  swamswam
4 years ago

I’m sure they are. This is political/PR bs.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  swamswam
4 years ago

Even after Lochte kept changing his stroy and now Brazilian police has all the CCTV recording from gas station, evidence, witness statements from all three swimmers (accompanied by lawyers and US consular services), and testimonies from the taxi driver, security guard and gas attendant….. and you shifted the blame and slander the Brazilians accusing Brazil of slandering Americans?

wow.

swimdoc
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

Have you seen any of the evidence that you are claiming makes it an open and shut case and makes the Brazilians and those involved in the incident that weren’t swimmers blameless? Sure there aren’t any holes in the testimonies of the taxi driver, security guard, and gas attendant? I’m sure only the finest, most upstanding people are working in a sketchy Rio gas station at 6 AM. Can you share the CCTV recording from the gas station that you’ve reviewed that makes you so confident in your position? Have you ever been outside your own house? What world are you living in?

If it’s in the media or from a “source” and it supports your view, you believe it… Read more »

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  swimdoc
4 years ago

The fact that Lochte lied through his teeth across national and international media, thus putting his teammates further in jeopardy doesn’t bother you?

That is a fact. Not made up. You can watch Lochte lied at several video interview at NBC.

wow.

swimdoc
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

Thanks for making my case for me. You say that it was in the media and therefore is a fact. A changing story after being drunk and the victim of a shakedown is not the same as a lie. Read something about victim psychology and inconsistent stories. It happens all the time, and in fact, law enforcement in this country are trained to understand that.

From your obviously very careful review of the CCTV footage at the gas station, can you enlighten us the specific lies that Lochte made? A gun pointed at him? A person with a badge who wasn’t police, no police car, no lights? Money being demanded without due process?

Tell us, please: what exactly… Read more »

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  swimdoc
4 years ago

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that Longhorn swimmer Jack Conger has told police that fellow Olympic Ryan Lochte made up the robbery story.

Gunnar Bentz, a junior at Georgia, also told the Rio police the same account.

AP quoted an unnamed source saying that Lochte, Conger, Bentz and former Longhorn Jimmy Feigen took a taxi to leave a party. They stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a Rio suburb where many of the Olympic venues are located, at about 6 a.m.. One of the swimmers was trying to open a bathroom door, but it was locked.

The swimmers pushed on the door, which broke it. They were then confronted by a security guard, who was armed,… Read more »

Victor P
4 years ago

More Brazilian smear.

Brute Bradford
Reply to  Victor P
4 years ago

Maybe….but let’s see the video. Maybe the place was a wreck before Locate and Company got there and this is a convenient narrative. But maybe not.

Swammer
Reply to  Brute Bradford
4 years ago

Well yesterday the Brazilian police were saying the event was fabricated based on there being no one else to corroborate the story and because the swimmers were not shaken up when they returned to the Olympic village. Now they claim to have video of the swimmers initiating a brawl with security guards.

Brute Bradford
Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

That’s the part that makes it seem like the Brazilian cops are looking to create a cover-up narrative. Why no report from the gas station?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Brute Bradford
4 years ago

The gas station has already surrendered the CCTV recording and the attendant and security guard and taxi driver are providing witness statements.

halo
Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

This was before the story changed to stopping at a gas station. It started as just being pulled over by “Cops”. Remember, Lochte’s first interview. as the story continues to change, the Americans credibility will drop. We all believed them over the “Corrupt Rio Police” to start. But, now it seems credibility for both parties is equal.

We shouldn’t jump to any conclusions but it’s starting to look like they busted up a gas station bath room, Attendant wanted them to pay now since they were American Olympians who were likely leaving soon. They refused and then things got out of hand.

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