USOC Gives Statement on Lochte Incident; Bentz & Conger Have Left Rio

According to the United States Olympic Committee‘s official statement released at 11:19 Brazil time on Thursday night, the Rio authorities have released Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger‘s passports, and the two have left the country.

Jimmy Feigen has revised his statement, hoping to have his passport released soon.

The USOC has not yet seen Bentz and Conger’s statements regarding the incident on Sunday morning, but, having collaborated with the U.S. Consulate in Rio and watched the security footage, the USOC has pieced together the events of the night.

“As we understand it, the four athletes (Bentz, Conger, Feigen and Ryan Lochte) left France House early in the morning of August 14 in a taxi headed to the Olympic Village,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun“They stopped at a gas station to use the restroom, where one of the athletes committed an act of vandalism. An argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment. Once the security officials received money from the athletes, the athletes were allowed to leave.”

The statement assures that the athletes’ behavior is “not acceptable,” and the U.S. Olympic Committee will further review “any potential consequences for the athletes” upon its return to the United States.

See the full statement below:

Two U.S. Olympic swimmers (Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger) have given statements to local authorities today regarding the incident first reported on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Their passports have been released and they recently departed Rio.  
 
After providing a statement earlier in the week, a third (James Feigen) provided a revised statement this evening with the hope of securing the release of his passport as soon as possible. 
 
Working in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate in Rio, we have coordinated the athletes’ cooperation with local authorities and ensured their safety throughout the process, but we have not seen the full statements provided by Bentz and Conger.
 
However, we understand that they describe the events that many have seen on surveillance video made publicly available today. As we understand it, the four athletes (Bentz, Conger, Feigen and Ryan Lochte) left France House early in the morning of August 14 in a taxi headed to the Olympic Village. They stopped at a gas station to use the restroom, where one of the athletes committed an act of vandalism. An argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment. Once the security officials received money from the athletes, the athletes were allowed to leave.
 
The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members. We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States. 
 
On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence.
 
With three days remaining in the Olympic Games, our primary focus will remain on supporting the athletes who are still competing and celebrating the achievements of those who have finished.

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Brute Bradford
5 years ago

What the armed security guards did was not legal under Brazilian law. Neither is vandalism, but it doesn’t justify the response. I’d like to know who committed vandalism. I’d like the full truth brought to light.

Brute Bradford
Reply to  Juliana
5 years ago

Why would Feigen say that Lochte invented the robbery to get media attention, if in fact Feign said that? To get his passport back and get the hell out of Brazil.

Stoobie
Reply to  Brute Bradford
5 years ago

Are you Ryan Lochte?

Brute Bradford
Reply to  Stoobie
5 years ago

No, just someone interested in truth who hates bullies and corruption and media distortions.

Stoobie
Reply to  Brute Bradford
5 years ago

In all seriousness; he created the situation. From whatever happened that night to where we are now, bad judgement has run a rampant on all sides. I can also understand why he is being portrayed so poorly. Whether he misrepresented what happened or in the heat of the moment believed he was being robbed: don’t know. But what I do know is he got out of town real quick and left 3 guys hanging, 2 of which are college kids. Don’t know if he was scheduled to leave when he did or not, but that doesn’t sit well with me (just my opinion). And of course now he’s doing what some think in hindsight he should have done in the… Read more »

Zika Ziki
Reply to  Stoobie
5 years ago

“But what I do know is he got out of town real quick”

Someone at swimvortex mentioned Lochte has the fastest reaction time of any US swimmer.

Conger get shafted, again.

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  Stoobie
5 years ago

Do we know if he “left” them? Did he make travel arrangements that day, thereby cancelling his original flight or was that just the flight he had going out all the time? You act as if the the 3 of them called for backup while under attack but no one sent any and then he went home blaming it on a video.

Call Me Herb
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
5 years ago

Call for backup, get no reinforcements, then have the whole thing blamed on a video? Sounds like Benghazi to me! It and Rio really are on the same level. Both are as dumpy as it gets. India would’ve been a more competent host, cows and all.

dan
Reply to  Stoobie
5 years ago

For what it’s worth, and I have no idea if Lochte would have offered, but NCAA rules would have prohibited Locate from helping Bentz or Conger financially to get them out of Brazil.

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Stoobie
5 years ago

Doubtful. Ryan is unable to formulate complete sentences.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Scott Morgan
5 years ago

LOL.
Best comment ever!
It would have been funny if it were not so true, now it’s just painful.

H2O Bruin
Reply to  Brute Bradford
5 years ago

Why is Lochte is apologizing? He is a victim of a robbery. How many robbery victims do you know apologize for a crime committed against them?

OliverL
Reply to  Brute Bradford
5 years ago

Well, how can you judge if it is legal or not without having all the details?
The facts is that they were clearly intoxicated (they admitted that) and that at least one swimmer commited vandalism. It’s easy for you to say in hindsight, that the response was not justified.

Scott Morgan
5 years ago

There you have it folks: Ryan Lochte, liar and poor teammate: national embarrassment.

Yada
Reply to  Scott Morgan
5 years ago

I’m sure this won’t be well received at the moment, but is it really wise to judge somebody by the worst decision they (probably) ever made or will make?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

We are not judging him.
We are only articulating and verbalizing what he has been doing in the past few days.

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

To put it in your preferred parlance, that is not a FACT.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

That he is a liar and poor teammate in the past few days?

FACT.

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Yes, and I’m sure you have never told a lie, nor been anything other than an exemplary team member. But the fact that he is famous and what he did and said is replayed and regurgitated in various media outlets around the world somehow makes him an awful human being that you, for some reason, take an inordinate amount of pleasure in harping on about in every story posted on the subject. These are also FACTS. I question the motive. Surely you understand you are doing nothing of any real consequence?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

Nice argument you had there.

Lochte lied again and again and has been a bad team mate in the past few days.

FACT.

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

I don’t know if you know this, but we are not currently in your high school debate seminar. What do you think you are accomplishing right now?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

And what are you accomplishing by continually defending Lochte’s lies?

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

I’m not, and haven’t been since it became clear my first impression was mistaken. But you’re deflecting my question. Why is this so all-consumingly important to you?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

This is so all-consumingly important to me?
Have you asked the same question to yourself?

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

You know what? I apologize to high school children everywhere. You have reached “I know you are but what am I territory” and even high school kids are better than that

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

Wise? Not sure how wisdom has much to do with stating my contempt for those who inflate and distort the truth about being somehow victimized. I find dishonorable people who betray their teammates to be quite terrible, in spite of the wisdom of these beliefs or lack thereof.

Yada
Reply to  Scott Morgan
5 years ago

Yeah idk what I was expecting

Steve
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

This is not a kid, in college…..It is a 32 year old dude, that acts like a spoiled teenager…..who still lies to mommy…and cant barely complete a full sentence…with the whole world watching……Give me a break….I feel bad for the young one…..Lochte? Sorry…..Dude is a liar and an embarrassment to US swimming.

Sch
Reply to  Steve
5 years ago

Perfectly stated. Couldn’t have articulated it better.

swimdoc
Reply to  Steve
5 years ago

Yep. But we glorified a guy with two DUI convictions, the last one of which he plea-sealed out of a one year jail sentence, to the point that we had him carry the flag at the opening ceremony. Sorry, but this boneheaded move by Lochte is nothing compared to even Phelps’ first DUI. He hasn’t even been charged with a crime. Only the Brazilian “indiciamento” —- a “preliminary conclusion of the investigation by police,” after which prosecutors decide whether to pursue charges and a judge decides whether to validate the case.

Syd
Reply to  Steve
5 years ago

Well put. It is absurd that a 32 year old still has to lie to his mother. And if he hadn’t lied to mommy, this whole thing wouldn’t have become the media spectacle it has become. What’s with the vandalism anyway? A release of energy? Fun? It’s so immature, disrespectful and then cowardly to lie about it. It is also infuriating that this news is stealing so much time from Olympic coverage.

Bman1602
Reply to  Scott Morgan
5 years ago

This story would have never been a story if Mrs. Lochte never alerted the news…Ryan called his mom after a long night with some exaggerations and then went to bed….if this hasn’t happened to you then you live in a different world and should probably go to a different website…

Steve
Reply to  Bman1602
5 years ago

Sure….when we were 20…..when you are 32 and still doing things the way you did when you were 19? Give me a break….

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Bman1602
5 years ago

Except that any responsible and honorable adult would have done the right thing:
Clarify to the media that the robbery did not happen and that there was some miscommunication with his mum.

Lochte did the opposite: appearing on the international media about how he stared we down the robber who cock the gun on his head.

swimdoc
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Right. And Phelps carried the flag in the opening ceremony, so I guess he’s your model of a responsible and honorable adult. This bonehead move by Lochte or even Efrimova meldonium intake pale in comparison to two DUI convictions.

I don’t recall that you went on a cyberbullying shaming rant as you have about Lochte (and not just Lochte, you called all 4 guys “lying punks”) for Phelps after his first or second DUI. I’m sure you never praised him once on the comment boards here during the Rio games, and only reminded people how he let his teammates down by missing Worlds, shamed his family, coaches, and country (as you’ve said 10000 times about Lochte), and endangered people… Read more »

Reilly
Reply to  swimdoc
5 years ago

What Phelps did was wrong. Period. I don’t think anyone will disagree with that. However, Phelps came onto the news admitting that he made a mistake, apologized for his behavior, and then sought treatment for alcohol abuse. Ryan has not admitted any wrong doing and lied to the public. If he comes out with a genuine apology and a plan for retribution to the gas station and his team, maybe he deserves the defense. Right now, he is behaving like a child and people are enabling that behavior.

Josh
Reply to  Reilly
5 years ago

And then he did it again, right?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  swimdoc
5 years ago

Phelps?
Cyberbullying?
manic Efimova?

for responding to “what an honorable and responsible adult would have done”?
Are you Ok, doc?

Marge
5 years ago

Read: “A robbery may or may not have happened in this instance. But we have to say something, and U.S. athletes should not consume alcohol. Especially at France House, where Germans are still given free rein to march in the shade.

It is clear Rio has no clue about security or sanitation. Only three days until we can get the entire U.S. Delegation out of this third world country.”

Brute Bradford
Reply to  Marge
5 years ago

Yes, Marge. “And we’re desperate to get out athletes out of this country unscathed, so we are kissing the rings of the Brazilian organizers until we all get back to the U.S.”

Steve
Reply to  Marge
5 years ago

You and Brute is part of the reason why the world hates us…..Every country not named the USA is a 3rd world country…..Have you ever got out of Alabama? Geez…..Did you know Brazil is the 8th or 9th largest Economy in the world? Sure it is not the US, but it is not like these games are being held in the CONGO…..

Marge
Reply to  Steve
5 years ago

You and Brute *are

Brazil dumps raw sewage into their bays and beaches; their government is beyond corrupt. Alabama is considered cosmopolitan in comparison. Auburn excluded, obviously.

Old Glory
Reply to  Marge
5 years ago

Marge, before you wax all-knowingly about the glorious reputation of our country – as wonderful as it truly is – please comment on Flint, Michigan’s water quality, Benghazi or something more recent like the PA Attorney General’s recent conviction. Our political class these days rivals most of other countries for their ability to race to the bottom. And if you’re relying on your understanding of Brazil by mainstream media accounts then you probably need to think twice about information sources. Spend a couple of weeks down here, as I am doing for these Games, and you might think otherwise.

Call Me Herb
5 years ago

Love how we have more evidence that, from Whitewater to her time as SOS, Hillary “Corrupt” Clinton has committed many-a-crime, yet the MSM, equipped with far less and much more dubious evidence, is so quick to assign blame to these white male swimmers (oh yes, this is definitely far more political than most of you realize) and take the side of the third world dump that is Brazil…how disgusting.

JudgeNot
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

You are an embarrassment. And this is not the site for your embarrassment. Find a rock, and crawl back under it.

Call Me Herb
Reply to  JudgeNot
5 years ago

Well, we all know who you voted for. Politics aside, you’re probably the kind of swimmer who thinks he/she shouldn’t have to practice or work hard to drop time; then you go to meets only to cry and complain that your teammates, who actually put forth effort, haul ass. Grow up and call more than names, why don’t you?

JudgeNot
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

No, you don’t know anything about me. What I know about you is that you’ve now dragged this conversation into the gutter, insinuated racism (better yet, against privileged white athletes) and worthless conspiracy theory, parroted the usual “mainstream media” tripe, promoted no intellectual engagement or effort towards a reasonable discussion, and here, in your follow up, told some inane little story that has no basis in fact and moves this even further off point. In other words – a person I have no more time for. Have a good day there Herb. The world’s got a few surprises in store for you.

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  JudgeNot
5 years ago

Insinuated racism? He just mentioned they were white? Is that racism these days?

Call Me Herb
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
5 years ago

You’re the man, Crooked Hillary. Or woman. Who really knows these days…you are what you think are, whenever you want to be. Wondering when this newfound tranny mindset will make its way into competition.

HulkSwim
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

whaaaaaaat?

Sch
Reply to  JudgeNot
5 years ago

Thank you.

David Berkoff
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

Go away troll!

Years of Plain Suck
Reply to  David Berkoff
5 years ago

@David Berkoff

What are your recollections of your 1988 Seoul teammates, Troy Dalbey and Doug Gjertsen (gold medalists in the US 4×200 relay, ironically enough), who drank too much and then stole a $800 marble lion head from a hotel, got caught, caused national embarassment, then confined to quarters, and then were forced to apologize to South Korea before being sent home to the US?

Any additional parallels to current events come to mind?

swimdoc
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

Yes, Attila the Hunt gave a blow by blow description of every erroneous “FACT” from the media as they were leaked.

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

Well said my friend. So Lochte may or may not have kicked in a door and broken a sign at a gas station bathroom. Got shook down by the armed security guards to pay for that door and then some, but he embellished the story a bit and now he’s the worst person on the planet. His act worse that making up a story about a video causing the ambush in Benghazi. Worse than being careless with classified information on a personal email server. Worse than taking money from foreign diplomats through a phone foundation for political favors. Yes, Ryan Lochte public enemy #1.

xenon
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
5 years ago

and worse than laughing about getting a child molester off of charges even though she knew he was guilty.

swimdoc
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
5 years ago

And worse than the Flag bearer for the opening ceremonies with his 2 DUI convictions.

HulkSwim
Reply to  swimdoc
5 years ago

i’m pretty sure MP took a beating in these forums for the last DUI- I know I was super critical of him putting peoples lives in danger.

But all bringing up his dirty laundry does is expose you for the Lochte fanboy that you are.

Swammer
5 years ago
Swammer
Reply to  Swammer
5 years ago

Not worth having guns pulled. The USOC needs to back up its athletes.

HulkSwim
Reply to  Swammer
5 years ago

and as a 32 year old adult male, it really behooves one to understand your surroundings and act accordingly. behavior that is ‘not worth’ certain responses in one country can get you killed in another.

why is this not obvious? he’s not some teenager, for peete’s sake. he’s a grown man, with a lot of experience traveling internationally.

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

So he’s not Jason Bourne, does that mean he deserved what he got?

HulkSwim
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
5 years ago

what did he ‘get’? stopped by the security at the gas station, and made to (over)pay for the damages? oh, the horror.

BananaPants
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

Well, the fact that it was done at gunpoint and the four of them seem to have been three sheets to the wind does lend credence to the idea that they THOUGHT they were being stuck up by people pretending to be cops.

And I’m no Lochte defender, the guy’s an overgrown frat boy and this behavior of his is an embarrassment. It seemed like perhaps he had matured a bit with age, but I guess not. Dude could have shut this down days ago with a statement clarifying the details of incident and apologizing – instead he stayed safe in the US and stuck to his story while leaving the other three in Rio to have their passports… Read more »

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

The media had a field day with this. He’s being pegged as the dumbest guy ever over this nonsense. If that was your son how would you feel.

Victor P
Reply to  Swammer
5 years ago

Totally agreed. And this is also what they showed in the latest NBC video. Shame on us leaving these guys in the lurch in a nation that has proven it does NOT have good intentions, but is more concerned about THEIR image.

HulkSwim
Reply to  Victor P
5 years ago

they are so evil, making these guys pay a fine to charity… the horror… how will they ever recover?

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Swammer
5 years ago

If anyone destroys my property, they would certainly be looking at my gun until the police arrived. He got off easy–no police or incarceration–and then practically bragged how courageous he was. Idiocy defined. And an insult to his team and his nation. No honor.

Swammer
Reply to  Scott Morgan
5 years ago

If they barely cracked a sign? They probably just stumbled and fell into it with no malicious intent.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Swammer
5 years ago

If they break my bathroom door, break my mirror, damage my soap dispenser, peeing all over the wall and try to leave without paying anything, they would certainly be looking at my gun until the police arrived.

Bill Paxton
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Do you actually have any evidence whatsoever that any of these items were damaged or actions took place? You have been rambling for days now about these supposed “incidents” and “vandalizations”, yet I have not seen or heard about these from any other source. Anywhere.

Brad Flood
Reply to  Bill Paxton
5 years ago

The video, at least the portion of the one I saw tonight on CNN, also shows the poster being ripped off the wall of the alleyway leading to the bathrooms, by one of the four US Swimmers….that Mr. Paxton is vandalism, in any country.

Bill Paxton
Reply to  Brad Flood
5 years ago

The CNN reporter stated that was where he BELIEVED a poster may have been. If you look further, however, past the alleyway, there is a poster with a crack on the plastic clear covering. That is believed to be the item in question. I was referring to Attila’s claims of a broken mirror, damaged soap dispenser, and a broken bathroom door. I have yet to see any proof or mention of these supposed damaged items. There is no proof that is visible to support the claims that the swimmers damaged the door. There is also, without previous documentation, the door was not already previously damaged before the athletes ever arrived on the scene. Furthermore, the accusations of the swimmers urinating… Read more »

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Bill Paxton
5 years ago

Many people woould probably do what these kids did when they drunk. But very few if any would call their mum and told lie about getting robbed. and then continued the lie on national and international media.

Again, all you Lochte’s defenders missed the real gem here:

Lochte LIED.
Repeatedly.

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

They don’t let teenagers own guns, Tildo. Whose lying now?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

Keep it up. You are trailing now

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Just following your sterling example, Attila the (C)unt

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

Going with low level high school attempt of an insult?
That makes you satisfied?
I guess this explains your affinity with Lochte.

Not sure if swimswam moderators would allow for that.

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Just trying to get on your level is all. Like how an adult squats down to meet a child eye to eye, I’m sure you understand.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

I see that you have the same level of intellectual ability and honesty as Lochte.
Now it’s all very clear.

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Oh perfect, two more things you have no evidence of so you fill it in with your own opinion. Completely on form for you, and I am completely sure that you believe it. I still wonder, why is this so important to you? Did Lochte sleep with your girlfriend or something?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Yada
5 years ago

I have nothing to do with Lochte, but from the way you defended Lochte’s mistakes and lies it seems that you have slept with him.

Are you Kara Rae Reid?

Yada
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

“Nice argument from you”

Josh
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

There are other ways to solve issues that do not involve the use of guns.

You just can’t pretend that guns are a means to provide social justice.

I though this was obvious, but apparently years and years of mass shootings are not enough

HulkSwim
Reply to  Josh
5 years ago

That’s a nice sentiment and I’m simuee the majority of us agree. But it’s irrelevant to this discussion.

They were in Rio. A city known to be very dangerous for foreigners late at night. So. Yeah. Guns are prevelant, and that’s a reality.

swimdoc
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Really? Then you’re a nutjob. You have surveillance video and a criminal justice system. Use them instead.

Victor P
Reply to  Scott Morgan
5 years ago

Yeah, really?! You would point a gun at a person who very likely accidentally defaced a poster/sign, falsely imprison them, extort them for cash, and then not report it to the cops. Yeah, I guess I wouldn’t either if I did all of that, because then it would have to go on an OFFICIAL crime report and ALL the facts would come out to light: That you HARASSED foreign nationals, extorted them at gunpoint, and then created a false narrative about them brawling, being aggressive to the “security” officers and vandalizing the gas station bathroom.

Yeah, would be seen for what you are: the actual criminal in the matter.

HulkSwim
Reply to  Victor P
5 years ago

He was drunk, so it’s OK that he ‘accidentally’ kicked or punched the sign. It doesn’t count when you are drunk. We all get it now.

Marco
5 years ago

This guys come to other countries and think they can do whatever the hell they want. No doubt we have a lot of problems. Use that to justify a silly drink altercation is pathetic. What a shame.

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Sergey v
5 years ago

Great piece. Show’s the mindset from which Lochte operates, the mixture of idiocy and self-aggrandizement that has defined both his actions in and out of the pool. As the writer points out, he’s essentially a juvenile man-child.

swimdoc
Reply to  Scott Morgan
5 years ago

It’s a marketing ploy as much as anything, and it has paid out in spades for him. While a drunk, irresponsible partier may not be attractive to people on this thread, the Lochte bad boy persona resonates with over a million followers on social media and has been a big base for his sponsors. My guess is this will be spun into amplifying that. Look at Charles Barkley, Charlie Sheen, and a million others. He wants to move to LA. This incident will actually give him street cred there as he tries to make it there.

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  Sergey v
5 years ago

Really throwing around that term “great” rather loosely aren’t you?

Victor P
Reply to  Sergey v
5 years ago

Plenty of distortions in this story.

Call Me Herb
5 years ago

Not a fan of these magazines, but US Weekly is the only one with photos of the bathroom AND confirmed what the unedited video shows: Lochte tore down some silly paper poster. Employee went on to state that some of them were peeing on a wall. That’s all.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/ryan-lochte-gas-station-incident-inside-the-scene-of-the-alleged-robbery-w435279

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

Crime of the century. He should be stripped of all the privileges ever afforded to him.

swimdoc
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
5 years ago

Not just this century. It surely ranks up there in the annals of history with Judas Iscariot and others.

OliverL
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

It’s funny how your mind works.
1. Did Lochte lie about various parts in his story? Yes
2. Was there vandalism by Lochte? Yes
3. Did he go Godzilla at the gas station and burn the place to the ground? No

So instead of just finally admitting that what he did was unacceptable, you elaborate on the degree of his vandalism, neglecting the important things like lying and that vandalism actually took place.

Call Me Herb
Reply to  OliverL
5 years ago

And yet you neglect the extent to which each was inebriated

Nah
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

Being inebriated does not excuse a crime

Call Me Herb
Reply to  Nah
5 years ago

Yet it renders one incapable of signing a contract, for example, and last time I checked, both have legal implications.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

Lochte was not signing any contract, so your argument is moot.

swimdoc
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Neither was he driving a Cadillac Escalade at twice the speed limit.

OliverL
Reply to  Call Me Herb
5 years ago

How is that an excuse?
Look… Doing stupid things when you’re drink is one thing and we can be glad that they didn’t do something REALLY stupid like harming a person.
The other thing however is making up most parts of a story and sticking to it and not even have the decency to apologize to the US & Brazil…

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