USA Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has issued an apology for the way in which he previously described the events that transpired at a Rio petrol station last weekend.
As previously reported, Lochte had claimed that he and three other US swimmers – Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen – were victims of a robbery and that they were left safe and unharmed. He thanked his friends, family and fans for the support he received following the incident. He further confirmed that he had his eye set on the 2020 Olympic Games.
However, speculation mounted between yesterday and today, as video footage of the swimmers at the petrol station was released and Brazilian authorities were not convinced of the accuracy of the statements issued on the incident, and pulled two of the swimmers, Conger and Bentz, off of the aircraft for further questioning after a judge said the story was inconsistent.
Further, a video of the USA swimmers at the petrol station also surfaced and has been circulating on news channels and social media sites over the course of the day, along with reports that at least one of the athletes is alleged to have vandalised property while using the bathroom and urinated on the property.
An hour ago, Lochte posted the following statement on Instagram, apologising for how he had previously described the events:
Many Twitter users were quick to judge Lochte:
— Rick Trilsch (@ricktrilsch) August 19, 2016
@RyanLochte Liar liar liar
— Danilo Sanches (@danilo_sanches) August 19, 2016
— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) August 19, 2016
@RyanLochte not good enough
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) August 19, 2016