USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus has released a statement, through USA Swimming, on the incidents involving 4 American Olympic swimmers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week.
In the statement, Wielgus says that “the last five days have been ‘difficult'” for USA Swimming and that they “do not condone the lapse in judgement and conduct that led us to this point.”
Two American Olympic gold medalists, Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, were indicted on Thursday in Brazil on charges of falsifying a police report. The story, which has dominated international headlines all week, involves an incident at a gas station in Brazil early on Sunday morning where Lochte told police and media that the group (which also included gold medalists Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz) were robbed at gun point by men posing as police officers.
Brazilian police have since determined that there was no such robbery, and instead they have accused the group of damaging the gas station bathroom and being confronted by security guards, with guns, to pay for the damages that they caused.
There have been conflicting reports about what exactly the damage was that was done.
Bentz and Conger were not charged with any crimes, because Brazilian police said they didn’t make any formal police reports, and the gas station owner did not press any charges over the vandalism.
- See also: USOC statement
The full statement from Chuck Wielgus, Executive Director of USA Swimming, is below:
“The last five days have been difficult for our USA Swimming and United States Olympic families. While we are thankful our athletes are safe, we do not condone the lapse in judgement and conduct that led us to this point. It is not representative of what is expected as Olympians, as Americans, as swimmers and as individuals.
“That this is drawing attention away from Team USA’s incredible accomplishments in the water and by other athletes across the Olympic Games is upsetting. The athletes and their remarkable stories should be the focus.
“We’re extremely thankful of the support and efforts from the USOC, Department of State and U.S. Consulate General throughout this process. USA Swimming will undergo a thorough review of the incident and determine any further actions, per our Code of Conduct.”