Jimmy Feigen Pays $10,800, Bentz and Conger Return Stateside

Jimmy FeigenGunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger are all on their way home after a week in Brazil that they will not soon forget.

The group made up three-fourths of an American contingent of swimmers accused of vandalizing a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil early on Sunday morning, after the conclusion of the swimming events at the 2016 Olympic Games, and then filing a false report to police that they were robbed at gun point. Brazilian authorities say that the swimmers paid 100 Brazilian reals (about $33 USD) and $20 in U.S. currency and left before police could arrive at the gas station. The gas station owners had not pressed charges over the vandalism as of Thursday.

Bentz and Conger, who were not indicted by Brazilian police, but were pulled from their initial flight home on Wednesday to be questioned as witnesses,  touched down in their initial American destination in Miami on Friday morning at 6:30AM. Their attorney, Sergio Riera, insisted to The Associated Press that they had nothing to do with Lochte’s story and were “heard only as witnesses.”

Meanwhile, Feigen’s attorney said this morning that he had reached an agreement with a Brazilian judge where he would donate 35,000 Brazilian reals ($10,800 USD) to an “institution” and be allowed to leave the country later in the day on Friday. Earlier this week, Feigen’s passport was ordered to be revoked to force him to remain in the country while more clarity on the matter was sought.

While no specific “institution” was named as the benefactor of the money, it’s presumed to mean charity. It is allowed under Brazilian law to avoid charges for minor offenses by making charitable donations.

The United States Olympic Committee issued a statement on the matter on Thursday in which they said they did not condone the swimmers’ actions, and where they apologized to “the people of Brazil” for the incident.

Lochte, who has been the lightning-rod for the whole event after being the unofficial spokesperson for the group who made public statements that they were robbed, returned to the United States earlier in the week before Brazilian authorities could force him to stay.

 

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swimdoc

Pretty sure that photo captures exactly how Jimmy is feeling.

HypeTrain

Wow, so the shake down continues. Whatever it to make it all go away I guess. America forgets all of this in 2 – 4 weeks tops anyway.

swimdoc

I’d go with the shorter end of that. It’ll be over by the closing ceremonies or the first time Trump says something provocative. Which could be today.

Swimmom

Hero worship blinds people from the reality of the hero’s actions.

Cheatinvlad

I don’t think it’s hero worship, it’s the fact that $50-$100 in damage turned into a $10k extortion.

Attila the Hunt

They wouldn’t have paid anything more and kept their reputation intact had Lochte not lied, kept his mouth shut, and used his brain cells for once.

HulkSwim

they pay nothing, take a slap on the wrist from the US National Team and get sent home early if they don’t lie and evade this from the outset.

New beginnings

USOC and USA swimming are going to come down hard on at least Lochte and Feigen. Minimum year long suspension; maybe lifetime ban for lochte.

Seagullswimmer

I doubt USA swimming will give him a lifetime ban. They only gave phelps a 1 year for his second dui. And this was a minor crime that just got international attention

Guppy

They pissed in the punch bowl at USA Swimming’s biggest and best party. Lochte took a dump on the whole team.

Rose Hollinshead

They should

H2O Bruin

So you’re saying Brazilian authorities deliberately set up this whole elaborate scenario to ensnare these gringos to pay up? Wow, so devious and clever of these Brazilians to trap these innocent gringos into behaving so obnoxiously and irresponsibly!!

Does Lochte pony up a portion of the 10.8K or does he let Feigen flap in the wind to pay the fine, er extortion by himself?

Jim

I honestly think they determined that Feigen was the one who broke the paper towel dispenser and the door, so in essence, it should be just Feigen to pay the fine.

Attila the Hunt

The is not restitution for breaking things at the gas station. They already paid for those.
It’s for giving false testimony to the police.
Feigen wouldn’t have lied to the cops had Lochte kept his mouth shut.

Lochte should pony up the cash and give it to feigen Pronto.

Meeee

He was being funny dude

Peter B

Attila is right. The gas station owner never filed charges. So the vandalism part was put to bed.
The issue was reporting a false crime.

Joe Bagodonuts

I disagree that Lochte has any obligation to pay Feigen’s fine. Feigen – and Feigen alone – is responsible, as an adult, for his own actions. Like Lochte, Feigen broke the law by filing a false report. Furthermore, Feigen is the one who has now agreed to pay the fine, so it is his obligation. For Lochte to pay Feigen’s settlement makes no sense and only serves to perpetuate the mindset that the individual who engages in the prohibited conduct should not be held accountable for his actions. In the words of the theme song from Baretta (an old T.V. show – look it up if you don’t know): Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

New beginnings

Lochte will pay his own fine.

Guppy

Get caught lying to the cops stateside and see where that lands you. I’m sure Feigen was relieved to pay his way out of trouble. But, yeah, extortion makes him so sort of victim/hero, so long live American jingoism!

Jim C

Tawana Brawley.

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