USOC apologizes for ‘distracting’ U.S. swimming incident
The USOC has released a statement apologizing for the “distracting ordeal” that has resulted from the U.S. swimming robbery allegations.
Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger initially claimed to have been robbed early Sunday morning in Brazil. However, police found no evidence to support their allegations. Instead, the swimmers vandalized a gas station, with the station’s owner claiming that the group urinated on the walls.
While attempting to leave the gas station, the swimmers were stopped by security. Guns were then pulled on the group to ensure that they would not leave the scene before authorities arrived.
“The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members,” the USOC said in the statement. “We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States.”
“On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence,” the statement continued. “With three days remaining in the Olympic Games, our primary focus will remain on supporting the athletes who are still competing and celebrating the achievements of those who have finished.”
Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have given their official statements to Brazilian authorities and have checked into their flights out of Rio. According to the statement, James Feigen revised his initial statement on Thursday evening and hopes to have his passport released soon.
Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, is already back in the United States.