Ryan Lochte Had The Most Ryan Lochte Reaction To Getting Robbed At Gunpoint
Ryan Lochte had a simple reaction to a gun being pointed at his forehead: "whatever."
That's what he said to the men who robbed him and three other swimmers at gunpoint, according to an account the 32-year-old swimmer himself gave to NBC News' Billy Bush on Sunday.
And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, 'Get down,' and I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.
The story of how Lochte got into the situation is a bizarre one.
The swimmer told NBC News the men who robbed him and his teammates were posing as police and that the gunman pointed the weapon at his forehead because Lochte refused to get down on the ground.
We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground.
Here's the video of him explaining the incident to NBC News.
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According to Sports Illustrated, the US Olympic Committee confirmed the reports of Lochte being robbed, putting out a statement that read,
According to four members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for the Olympic Village. Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings. All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities.
A video from Ryan Lochte's Snapchat account shows the swimmer partying on Saturday night, presumably before heading home and, of course, before the robbery occurred.
Before Lochte's account and the USOC's support of his claims, there had been confusion surrounding the story.
Yet, as reporters from both of those outlets were providing details on the incident, the International Olympic Committee denied the reports.
Then, the AP's Tim Reynolds said the IOC claimed it got its information from the USOC itself. Lochte's personal coach, David Marsh, also reportedly denied the story as well.
Even after Lochte told his story to NBC News, there still appear to be conflicting details coming from multiples sides of the story.
For instance, NBC's report noted the USOC claimed athletes are "cooperating with authorities," but police told NBC they were not contacted about the incident.
Still, Ryan Lochte's own words appear to be the most legitimate in all the reporting surrounding this incident, an incident which is likely to still be a topical news story on Monday.
Citations: U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Brazil (NBC News), USOC confirms that Ryan Lochte and three others were robbed (Sports Illustrated), Ryan Lochte robbed at gunpoint in Rio (USA Today)