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
5 years ago

Pretty sure that photo captures exactly how Jimmy is feeling.

HypeTrain
5 years ago

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
Reply to  HypeTrain
5 years ago

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
Reply to  HypeTrain
5 years ago

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

Cheatinvlad
Reply to  Swimmom
5 years ago

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
Reply to  Cheatinvlad
5 years ago

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
Reply to  Cheatinvlad
5 years ago

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
Reply to  HypeTrain
5 years ago

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
Reply to  New beginnings
5 years ago

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
Reply to  New beginnings
5 years ago

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

Rose Hollinshead
Reply to  New beginnings
5 years ago

They should

H2O Bruin
Reply to  HypeTrain
5 years ago

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!!

5 years ago

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
Reply to  [email protected]
5 years ago

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
Reply to  Jim
5 years ago

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
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

He was being funny dude

Peter B
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

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
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

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
Reply to  [email protected]
5 years ago

Lochte will pay his own fine.

Guppy
Reply to  [email protected]
5 years ago

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
Reply to  Guppy
5 years ago

Tawana Brawley.

They\'re Dumb
5 years ago

I sure hope Ryan helps Jimmy pay for that!

Brazilian
5 years ago

Institution name: Instituto Reação
It’s an institution to develop athletes in judo. This program helps children from the “favelas” (poor communities) of Rio.
Excuse me for the treatment that swimmers have been receiving . But they could not come here, do what they wanted, lie about it … and find that everything was fine. Brazil is not a country without law.

Page of institution: http://www.institutoreacao.org.br/

Rafael
Reply to  Brazilian
5 years ago

Current Olympic Gold Medallist Rafaela Silva started on Instituto reação..

ElvisVB
5 years ago

That’s gotta be a record for the most expensive cab ride

Steve Nolan
5 years ago

Pretty good summary of how I feel about this whole thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6VjPM5CeWs

Joel Lin
Reply to  Steve Nolan
5 years ago

Perfect was to sum it up. Note to self: if I’m ever in Rio and find myself in a street hustle for my cash in-hand, do as the college kids in Tijuana do…hand over your cash, go home.

Dad: Time of your life, eh kid?
Son: Did you tell mom?
Dad: Son, let’s stop by the food truck and get a taco. Dodgers lost last night, but they’ve got Ryu going Sunday.
Son: I’ll never go back to Tijuana again Dad.
Dad: Looks like we need to pick up some new shoes for you on the way home. I have to see the pharmacist for more gout meds sometime this weekend.

Steve Nolan
5 years ago

I mean, this whole thing could have been resolved with a specifically pointed question during Lochte’s interview with Billy Bush.

Lochte: “…He took our money, he took my wallet…”

Bush: “Can I see your wallet?”

Lochte: “Sure” *pulls out wallet, hands to Bush*

New beginnings
Reply to  Steve Nolan
5 years ago

Lochtes reputation will forever be tarnished. He literally lied to the world in that interview.

Guppy
Reply to  New beginnings
5 years ago

Twice

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