Ryan Lochte Says He Refused When Assailants Ordered Him on the Ground

More details are emerging of the harrowing encounter between four Olympic swimmers and armed assailants early in Sunday morning in Rio de Janeiro.

American swimmers Ryan LochteJimmy FeigenJack Conger, and Gunnar Bentz were leaving a party at the France House, to which they were invited by Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira, when their taxi was pulled over by burglars impersonating police officers.

“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte told NBC’s Billy Bush. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.

“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, “Get down,” and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”

The IOC initially denied the reports, saying that the USOC had talked to Lochte and told them that it was “absolutely not true.” The denial from the IOC came after Lochte’s mom Ileana, who is in Rio, told several reporters of the “terrifying” incident. The USOC and Lochte both later confirmed the reports.

Earlier this week, Lochte won a gold medal in the 800 free relay, which was his 12th Olympic medal. That’s the second-most among all swimmers globally behind only Michael Phelps.

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Ed P

Man, not a good idea to disagree with those guys, Brazil is not the US. Ryan could’ve been dead right now, they’ve killed people for much less in Brazil.

Steve Nolan

At that point he might have thought they were actual police.

(Though, praise be he’s not a black guy in the US, you can get got for that there, too.)




Well that has nothing to do with Ryan Lochte, so let’s just be glad that the regular citizens of the US have more common sense than the likes of you. Maybe if we could just fire a few of the IOC officials with the same low level of intellect, who make these greedy decisions to hold events under corrupt terms then we’d all be a lot better off.

Brute Bradford

They were actual police, supplementing their salaries.


The above is an example of irony as American cops are racist and Lochte is American.
– Steve Nolan, Expert on American Race Relations, Commentator on Swimming Blogs.


Media driven false narrative. Statistics show 12 percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of homicide are killed by police officers. Four percent of all blacks, homicide victims, are killed by police officers. So you have a greater chance to be killed by a police officer if you are White or Hispanic. Read “The War on Cops” for the statistics.


Argument: When deer encounter a bear, the bear is more likely to become violent than when rabbits encounter a bear.

Your counter-argument: False narrative. Statistics show that 12 percent of rabbit deaths attributed to homicide were the result of bear attacks. Yet only 4 percent of deer deaths attributed to homicide were the result of bear attacks.

I’m not commenting on the actual facts / statistics, but your “counter-argument” doesn’t make any sense.


*Doesn’t make any sense in the context of the argument.

Sorry that last sentence was a little exaggerated haha.


None at all….a completely useless assertion not based on anything.


lol, you got owned, you fat virgin. Just accept it.


The “counter argument” is based on actual statistics. It is what it is.


I don’t think those stats mean what you think they mean.

Success or bust

Trump will make it all clear – stay tuned


Maybe you should start by reading an intro to stats. Unarmed blacks are 3.5 times likelier to be shot by cops than unarmed whites, as found here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0141854

I don’t think politics belongs on this site, but your post was just too silly to ignore.


Not sure so many down votes? Your unfortunately right. So many black people are unfortunately are arrested or pulled over or beat up or shot because they are black in the US.

FYI I’m a white male


They probably were the actual police. ????


Rio… not even once.


It’s unlikely they would have actually killed him. Rio is a tourist city and if they are killing americans they are killing tourists which means fewer people to steal from. It’s like that in many countries. Americans are robbed, but never harmed because of the tourist revenue they bring to the country.


Lochte ain’t shook

Andy Dixon

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