SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers whether Ryan Lochte should serve a suspension for his role in the gas station incident in Brazil:
Question: Should Lochte be suspended for the incident in Brazil?
- Yes – 49.3%
- No – 42.3%
- Unsure- 8.4%
Almost half of respondents said they wanted a suspension for Lochte, with 42% opposing suspension and just over 8% unsure.
Lochte, of course, was last week hit with a 10-month suspension for his role in the incident. Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were all suspended for 4 months.
The suspensions have been criticized by some as heavy-handed, especially compared to the 6-month suspension given to Michael Phelps in 2014 and the length of some international suspensions for doping.
The incident was originally framed as an armed robbery on the four men after Lochte told his mother and then reporters about it. Then information was revealed that the swimmers had caused damage to a gas station bathroom and paid money to cover the damages.
Lochte is in less trouble for the damages themselves (which at this point appear limited to urinating outside of the bathroom and knocking down an advertisement) and more trouble for his story about the incident. Lochte has admitted to exaggerating the story, and Brazilian authorities have tried to prosecute him for making a false report of a crime.
The suspension will keep Lochte out of U.S. Nationals, where swimmers will qualify for the 2017 World Championships. That means Lochte won’t swim a major international meet until the fall of 2017 or later.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters whether the USOC disciplinary measures are appropriate or not:
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