Ryan Lochte Confirms That He and 3 Other Americans Robbed at Gunpoint

Despite the International Olympic Committee (IOC) claiming that they had spoken to both the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Ryan Lochte and that they had denied that the latter was robbed at gunpoint overnight, Lochte has confirmed directly to NBC that it is true.

News broke early this morning that Ryan Lochte was one of three American swimmers robbed at gunpoint overnight when leaving a party that they had been invited to by Brazilian star swimmer Thiago Pereira in Rio de Janeiro. Olympic pool swimming concluded on Saturday night.

Pereira’s representatives have said that the group left the party in a taxi and that the taxi was robbed.

The Associated Press, however, said that the IOC told them that the USOC had spoken to Lochte, and the USOC claimed that Lochte denied that it had happened. The IOC said that the incident was “absolutely not true.”

Despite the denials by the USOC and IOC, Lochte spoke to NBC reporter Billy Bush on Sunday morning and confirmed that it was, in fact, true.

Lochte’s mother was the one who first shared the information with media, calling the incident “terrifying.”

The identities of the other three American swimmers involved have not been revealed.


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Ryan has absolutely NO REASON to lie about this! I don’t get the “IOC denies the report”.


Also, why would Dave Marsh “deny” that this happened? Something isn’t quite right about this incident. Report from Periera is that the taxi the swimmers were in was robbed. So because the athletes were in the backseat of the taxi that was held up at gunpoint means that Ryan wasn’t “really” held up????


“According to four members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for the Olympic Village. Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings. All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities.”

AGAIN…can Dave Marsh now go on record and admit that this actually happened?

Victor P

You can get more details from the NBC Olympics website. I posted the link above.

Hint of Lime

And the credibility of the IOC continues to drop … So unfortunate to hear about this crime. Really hope everyone is alright and nothing similar happens to the athletes, coaches, spectators, etc. during the test of the Games.

ole 99

So is the IOC and USA swimming trying to cover this up? We already had a Belgian judo medalist attacked and two Australian rowing coaches robbed at knifepoint.

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