Ryan Lochte’s story about being robbed in Rio seems to be unraveling.
Lochte claimed that he, along with other US Olympic swimmers, were pulled over on Sunday and robbed at gunpoint in Rio by thieves posing as police officers. A brazilian judge found discrepancies between his version of events and his teammates’ James Feigen and now Lochte is changing his story. On Wednesday Lochte told Matt Lauer of NBA that the robbery happened at a gas station when stooped to use the restrooms not while driving in the taxi. He also initially claimed that a gun was held to his head but has since changed his version to say a gun was pointed in his direction.
Video has been obtained by Brazilian police showing the US Swim team breaking down a bathroom door at a gas station and fighting with a security guard.
Brazilian sources now believe the story has been fabricated.
According to police, the US swim team was too drunk to give accurate descriptions of their supposed attackers or even know how many were involved.
Lochte left Brazil earlier this week, before being ordered to stay by a Brazilian judge. His teammates, fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were removed from their plane to be further questioned by police. They, along with Feigen, are still in Brazil.