In August 2016, the swimmer falsely claimed that he and Team USA swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger different James Figs have been robbed at gunpoint at a gasoline station in Brazil in the course of the Rio Games. He was admittedly “hammered” on the time, as he’d been celebrating their win; Lochte later confessed he didn’t remember all the details of the evening. After returning to the Olympic Village, Lochte exaggerated the story to his mother, who later advised the media that Lochte had been robbed at gunpoint. Hey repeated the story on NBC’s Today—And earlier than lengthy, his lies received one of the best of him.
At first, Lochte had advised Billy Bush on the Today present, “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. “
After the reality got here out, Lochte was dropped by his sponsors and a given a 10-month suspension by the USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee.