American swimmer Ryan Lochte issued a statement on social media Friday apologizing for his actions in Rio.
“It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country – with a language barrier – and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event,” Lochte wrote.
Lochte didn’t take back any of his story about being robbed and held at gunpoint, although reports said he fabricated the story to cover up a the swimmers vandalizing a gas station and getting into a dispute with security guards, which the United States Olympic Committee has since confirmed as true.
After reviewing partial statements from Lochte’s teammates about the alleged incidents at the gas station, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun released a statement late Thursday.
“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.”
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