Did You Rob Ryan Lochte In Rio? | Gradient

Did you rob Ryan Lochte in Rio?

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The media was skeptical at first, but it doest appear that American Olympian champ and Dame Judi Dench impersonator Ryan Lochte was help up at gunpoint last night in a cab after attending a party in Rio on Saturday.

The story was first reported by Fox Sports Australia and The Mirror, citing Lochte’s mother Ileana, who called the event “terrifying”. The IOC rigorously denied the report, saying that Lochte’s account was “not true”, but Lochte is standing by it and three other U.S. swimmers — Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen — were with him when it happened.

NBC has an exclusive with Lochte about the incident and, in true NBC fashion, it won’t air until tomorrow. But in the interview, Lochte says:

“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.

“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.”

Ryan Lochte saying “whatever” to a gun pointed at his face is extremely on brand for Ryan Lochte. This appears to be the first reported evidence of something widely believed in the weeks leading up to the Olympics: athletes’ safety could not be guaranteed. But then, a group mugging could happen in any city in the world, so it’s hard to blame the officials at Rio.

In the meantime, police are looking for whoever robbed Ryan Lochte. If you’re the culprit, please report yourself to the proper authorities.

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