Olympian Jimmy Feigen Detained In Brazil: Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz Pulled Out From Plane

Olympian Jimmy Feigen Detained In Brazil: Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz Pulled Out From Plane
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Two swimmers from the U.S. were ordered not to leave Brazil.


Swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, who say they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio, were ordered to stay in the country. However, according to Lochte’s attorney Jeff Ostrow, the swimmer was in the U.S. as of Tuesday.

As reported by USA Today, swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, who were with Lochte and Feigen during the robbery, were taken off their flight as they tried to leave the U.S. “We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” Patrick Sandusky, U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman, said. “We are gathering further information.”

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Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen: Contradicting accounts of robbery

Feigen is in Brazil. He is cooperating with the authorities. “I’m just trying to give Brazil what they need or what they want and get out of here,” Feigen said. “It’s a hassle. But I’m safe, everything’s fine.”

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Lochte and Feigen were ordered not to leave the country following their claim that they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio early Sunday by suspects disguised as police officers. The order, issued by Brazilian judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop on Wednesday, came after it was found the swimmers gave contradictory accounts of the incident. While Lochte said there was one robber, Feigen said there were multiple and that one of them had a weapon.

As reported by NBC News, authorities expressed no desire in detaining the swimmers for long but do want to find out what happened in the incident. According to U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby, the government had knowledge of the situation.

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“We have seen media reports that two U.S. citizen athletes were detained,” Kirby said. “We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”

Ostrow said Lochte had cooperated with the authorities and issued a statement to representatives from the State Department, FBI, Tourist Police and the USOC’s security team.

“I know that Ryan didn’t want this to turn into what it did,” Ostrow said. “The Olympics are more important and Team USA’s performances are more important.”

As part of the Brazilian law, a false police report can result in a detention of six months or a fine.

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  • Dawn Richardson

    EFF the Brazilian authorities. Our athletes should be permitted to leave, and the State Department should get them out of there immediately.