U.S Olympic athlete Ryan Lochte and his teammate Jimmy Feigen stand by their word that they did not lie about the alleged robbery that happened in Rio.
The 26-year-old Jimmy Feigen said that they are not lying when they told the police that they were robbed by gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro last Sunday, amidst the ongoing Rio Olympics 2016.
“We were robbed at gunpoint. It sounds like people assume we’re guilty,” the swimmer told the San Antonio Express News in an interview.
Ryan Lochte, 32, has earlier reported about the alleged robbery incident but Brazilian police doubted their story, US magazine said.
According to authorities, Ryan Lochte, together with teammates Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger, lied about their night out so they can hide the altercation they had with the security guard of a gas station.
Ryan Lochte and teammate Jimmy Feigen’s statement did not coincide with Bentz and Conger’s statement that the robbery story was fabricated. The two athletes reportedly came to the police to reveal the truth.
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Brazilian police earlier reported that the four U.S Olympians went to a Rio gas stations last Sunday at 6am, and fought with the security guard. They later on paid the manager for the damage amounting to 100 reals and $20.
Jimmy Feigen, Bentz and Conger were detained at the airport while Ryan Lochte has already flew back to US before he was held by the police.
The United States Olympic Committee has already released a statement about the incident saying, “The three U.S. Olympic swimmers (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen) are cooperating with authorities and in the process of scheduling a time and place today to provide further statements to the Brazilian authorities.”
Spokesman Patrick Sandusky said that all athletes are represented by their counsel and supported by USOC and the U.S. Consulate in Rio.