US Swimmers Are Being Held In Brazil Over The Ryan Lochte 'Robbery' Madness
The Ryan Lochte robbery story just got the most bizarre update.
Three US swimmers are being held in Brazil while authorities investigate claims they were mugged at gunpoint by men posing as police officers over the weekend.
Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were pulled off their flight home on Wednesday night.
James Feigen, who was supposed to be on that same flight, didn't even show up at the airport.
Meanwhile, Lochte is already home despite authorities asking he surrender his passport on Wednesday and remain in the country to answer questions.
Patrick Sandusky, United States Olympic Committee spokesperson, said,
Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained Wednesday night shortly before their flight was scheduled to depart from Rio. They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday. James Feigen is also communicating with local authorities and intends to make further statements regarding the incident on Thursday as well. We will continue to provide updated information as it is appropriate.
According to Lochte's account of events, the four swimmers were returning home from a night on the town when the taxi they were in got pulled over.
Men brandishing police badges ordered them to lay on the ground.
Lochte refused, and one of the men cocked his gun and pointed it directly at his forehead, he told NBC.
He said the men made off with their money and his wallet but left their phones and credentials.
WATCH: Ryan Lochte recounts being robbed at gunpoint with his teammates in Rio. https://t.co/pXZNabPeFNhttps://t.co/62SlTOgoxP — NBC News (@NBCNews) August 14, 2016
But Brazilian authorities aren't buying it. They've raised doubt over the swimmers' claims and can't find the taxi driver from that night.
Then, this security camera video emerged purporting to show the team in high spirits as they returned to the Olympic village after the incident.
On Wednesday, speculation was rife that the swimmers had made up the story in a bid to cover up a boisterous night of celebrating.
But Ryan strongly denies this.
In a Matt Lauer interview Wednesday night, he said,
That's absolutely not the case. I wouldn't make up a story like this, nor would the others. As a matter of fact, we all feel it makes us look bad. We're victims in this and we're happy that we're safe.
The rest of the team will be questioned further on Thursday.