Hearing Ryan Lochte was robbed at gun-point in Rio wasn't a surprise. What happened after was.
Ryan Lochte and his swimming partners in crime have gone about making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Let me help shed some light on what’s going on.
The 1st story
This sh*tstorm started when Ryan Lochte told NBC that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, James Feigen and Gunnar Bentz were robbed at gunpoint whilst sitting in a taxi early Monday morning. Mind you, the boys were out for a big night of partying as the swimming events had concluded on Sunday.
Lochte has a reputation for being a party boy, he even debuted on his own reality TV show ‘What would Ryan Lochte do?’. The show lasted about 5 weeks from April 2013 until the U.S audience realised it was a load of gibberish.
Things didn’t make sense
A Brazilian police official tells the Associated Press that the taxi driver in question was unable to be located, nor were any witnesses able to corroborate the story given by Lochte and the other swimmers. Furthermore, the stories given by the swimmers all failed to provide consistent key information to police which lead to officers questioning the validity of the stories being provided.
A Brazilian judge ordered the seizure of Lochte and Feigen’s passports and has encouraged anyone involved in the matter to cooperate. Lucky for Lochte he had already left to go home before the order had been handed down. On Thursday, Bentz and Conger were pulled off a plane at Rio airport and were interviewed at the airport. Feigen’s whereabouts were still unknown.
The lie is confirmed
By Friday, Brazilian police had publicly confirmed that Ryan Lochte had fabricated his account of the robbery. Conger and Bentz confirmed that Lochte had fabricated his story.
What really happened?
According to the Associated Press, Brazilian officials have claimed that at least one of the swimmers broke down the door to a restroom at a petrol station, vandalised the bathroom and later gave a false claim to police which included being robbed at gunpoint. The Swimmers then tried to leave the petrol station in the same taxi they arrived in, only to be stopped by a security guard who would not allow the taxi driver to leave until the police had arrived. The security guard had to supposedly draw his gun in order to calm the temperamental situation.
So what’s the punishment?
Lochte and Feigen are said to be indicted by the Brazilian police on charges which include falsely reporting a crime. The punishment for the crimes committed usually range between 1-6 months in jail, or a fine or probation. However, crimes of this stature are rarely served in jail in Brazil. The punishment could be lessened with an apology or donation to a charity.
Will Lochte return to Brazil to be punished?
Brazil and the U.S.A have a longstanding extradition treaty. However, the crimes within the treaty include arson, rape, murder etc. Lochte’s crime pales in comparison to what is deemed necessary to evoke the treaty into action.
Lochte will probably be wise to stay away from Brazil in the future, he’s the kind of athlete that draws publicity for all the wrong reasons. From his Bieber-like hairstyle to thinking he was a 1960’s gangster wearing a gold tooth when not racing at past Olympic events. The crime is small but at an extremely inopportune time. He likely won’t pay for his crime, maybe a charitable donation to apologise at best…