Ryan Lochte Still Denies Rio Accusations: 'Vandalizing The Bathroom Is Absurd'


And so the Ryan Lochte Rio robbery scandal continues for another day.

This time, the US Olympic swimmer claims he did not damage a bathroom at the gas station where the incident took place.

Speaking on "Good Morning America," he called reports accusing him of vandalism "absurd."

He said,

When probed about what the actual lie was, he replied,

Lochte hopes this whole thing will blow other when he appears on "Dancing with the Stars."

He made it official today with an Instagram post.

He told "GMA,"

Last week, officials in Rio were asking the Olympic swimmer to give a truthful statement in court.

If Lochte refuses, he risks being put on trial in his absence, reports ESPN Brazil, and if found guilty, the harshest penalty is six months in prison.


Brazilian authorities told US officials they do not want to give Lochte the option of making a statement in his home country.

It's unclear how much power Brazil actually has to force Lochte back to the country -- likewise with the prison sentence if he doesn't show up.

But authorities could make life extremely difficult for Lochte by flagging his passport as wanted through Interpol. This will make it hard for him to leave the country.