American swimmer Ryan Lochte will appear on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble on Tuesday, August 20th. Lochte is fresh off his return from his latest suspension, for violations of anti-doping rules related to taking an IV of non-performance-enhancing drugs.
In a teaser clip posted by HBO on Saturday, Lochte talks about how many sponsors he lost after the Rio gas station incident, where he fabricated a story about being robbed at gun point after a night of partying. Lochte also opens up about the suicidal thoughts he had after that suspension, which he has spoken about before.
The 35-year old Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medalist, which ties him for the most Olympic swimming medals ever won by a single athlete, behind Michael Phelps. Lochte is also a 39-time World Champion, and he remains the World Record holder in the 200 IM in long course (1:54.00), and both the 200 IM (1:49.63) and 400 IM (3:55.50) in short course. He currently holds more individual World Records than Michael Phelps. Germany’s Paul Biedermann is the only other male with 3 individual World Records.
The episode will air at 11PM U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday.
ON FRANKEL: You lost a bunch of sponsors after that.
RYAN LOCHTE: Yes. All of ’em.
JON FRANKEL: How much money did that cost you?
RYAN LOCHTE: Millions.
JON FRANKEL: And have any of those sponsors come back to you?
RYAN LOCHTE: No.
RYAN LOCHTE: There was points where if I went to sleep and I never woke up again, I would be fine, because I wouldn’t be hurting people.
JON FRANKEL: You thought that if you just disappeared –
RYAN LOCHTE: If I just disappeared, it would be OK.
JON FRANKEL: And you don’t mean disappear, just simply walk away from swimming and go find some hideout on the prairie.
RYAN LOCHTE: Yes. Disappear like bye-bye.