SwimSwam Pulse: 49% Wanted Suspension For Lochte

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 Pollwhich asks voters whether the USOC disciplinary measures are appropriate or not:

Are the USOC disciplinary measures for Bentz, Conger & Feigen

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Bill Clinton lied about having sex in the oval office, ryan lochte lied about having a gun put to his head when he only had a gun pointed at him, bill clinton still got to be president, ryan lochte wont be allowed to swim for 10 months and being robbed of probably close to a 100 grand


plus sponsers


Ryan may still become President .


we could do worse.


its worse allready LOL


Bush lied and thousands died. Or maybe we should just stick to swimming.


STEVE had a good analogy. Your’s has no correlation.

Scott Morgan

Yet another funny comparison. Who else can be substitute for Phelps, Clinton, dopers…? (Clinton was already in his second term, as you allude with the oval office reference and didn’t “get” to be president in spite of his transgressions there, although his sleaziness was, true, already well publicized before he took office: you’ll have to blame the voters on that, Steve) I get that many people think Lochte’s punishment is harsh–and I agree–but many of these comparisons being made seem more than a just a bit forced and irrelevant. Maybe the Brian Williams scandal comes closest to Lochte’s situation–nothing illegal, nothing to do with the law, nothing very harmful except to the time, effort and workings to the organization itself:… Read more »


While Lochte earned a some level of reprimand, the bigger problem is the position he put American swimming in. Go too light on punishment and the World swimming org’s laugh at the Americans – how can the USA be standard bearers if we do not hold our own accountable? The opposite, going overly hard, sets a standard for everyone. They needed a punishment that made everyone say ‘Damn. That was harsh.’ I don’t feel bad for Lochte, although I do for the other 3 unwitting accomplices who got dragged along, torn between team mate/friendship loyalty and telling the truth. In the end alll of the punishments will be a blip in otherwise stellar careers that we can all admire and… Read more »


no more grills , promise

jay ryan

Although 49% favor punishment for Lochte, there is precious little justice in the opinions of an incompletely informed general populace. I do not give a hoot about what uninformed people “think”, or even worse “feel”. The offenses were minimal if anything, especially for the 3 younger guys, and they do not mount to any significant crime other than peeing in some bushes (not witnessed, BTW), and pulling down a poster. When I was in college we called that “Friday night”. Lochte then told his mother an essentially true story that he was shaken down at gunpoint (leaving out the peeing, etc…she is his mother after all). The lie was procreated by Mom, and there you go…what a mess. The three… Read more »

H20 Bruin

Your crazy ranting reflects your own internal bias and inability to see the wider, bigger picture. Representing a great like the USA as an elite athlete should be taken lightly. Urinating in public, telling ridiculous lies in the international press, and damaging property in a FOREIGN country are not minimal. You have low standard of expectations for elite athletes but thankfully the USOC and USA Swimming can see the bigger picture. Lochte idiotic behavior was on displayed for the world’s to see. Because of Lochte’s immature behavior the attention was focused on his bad behavior rather than the hard work of the other 45 members of the US swim team. No excuse for immature, childish behavior. People who defend such… Read more »

H20 Bruin

Edit. Should read as: Representing a great country like the USA as an elite athlete should not be taken lightly.


Punch out.

The only crime is people overlooking their own public urination events as necessities while condemning Lochte et al. What they did was no big deal. What the illegal security guard did was gross escalation of a non violent interaction. Drawing a gun??? All bets are off when that happened.
Lochte for the win!

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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