Did Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen lie about being robbed at gunpoint to avoid getting charged for damaging private property in a fit of intoxication? Seems so!
Four Olympic swimmers, one fake robbery and a chest of lies – This is what the 2016 Rio Olympics has been reduced to, as the Police of Rio de Janeiro rack their brains to figure out what exactly is going on.
The four swimmers, Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger claimed on Sunday that as they were making their way back from a party to the Olympic Village in Rio, they were held at gunpoint by some robbers who were dressed as pretend policemen.
While these claims were shocking and seriously pointed a finger on the lack of security for foreign players who participated in the Rio Olympics, what was even more unbelieving was a gas station footage that showed one of the swimmers breaking down the door of a private bathroom about the same time as the swimmers claimed that they were being robbed.
The manager of the gas station has already admitted to getting paid in cash by the swimmers for the damage to private property. So was the entire story about getting robbed at gunpoint made up by the swimmers just to avoid getting interrogated for their own crimes?
Further suspicion of the fact that the swimmers’ robbery story is fabricated arose when Lochte mentioned that there was only one robber and Feigen went on to state that there were a quite a few robbers but only one of them had a gun.
After the gas station footage was recovered the Brazilian police called in both Bentz and Conger to hear their testimonies, but none of them showed.
The police searched their hotels and the surrounding areas of the Olympic Village to discover that they had already boarded a flight to the United States. Bentz and Conger were made to get down from the flight before it could take off, arrested on the spot and brought in for questioning, reports Yahoo News.
According to Globo, “According to the Civil Police, swimmers lied …According to Fernando Veloso, Civil Police Chief, athletes should apologize to Rio.’The only truth they told is that they were drunk,’ Veloso said.”
A search order has been issued against Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen and their passports are to be confiscated until the matter is resolved. Both of them, however, are believed to have skipped town.
According to The New York Times, things could get pretty ugly pretty quickly between Brazil and the United States if the swimmers in question do not co-operate with the Brazilian officials. As of now, the United States is doing just the opposite. Despite having the knowledge of it, they are refusing to give up the locations of Lochte and Feigen.
Brian Winter, vice president for policy at Americas Society and Council of the Americas is already worried as one lie can end up affecting sensitive issues such as nationalism and sovereignty of both countries.
“This incident has caused so much damage to Rio’s brand abroad that I think Brazilians deserve a clear, consistent account of what happened,” said Winter.
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