After an investigation, Brazilian officials say they believe Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint by fake police outside of the Olympic Village. According to multiple reports, Brazilian police are saying the robbery was a story to cover up an altercation Lochte and his teammates had with a gas station manager over damaging a bathroom door. I've heard of Olympic hopes going down the toilet, but folks, this is ridiculous.
Brazilian police told the New York Times that they found no evidence of a gunpoint robbery after talking to witnesses and looking at surveillance footage from the gas station where Lochte and fellow American swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen said they were held up. Investigators allege that one of the swimmers damaged a bathroom door, sparking an argument with a security guard.
The Daily News has more on the gas station argument, which they say took place after one of the swimmers pushed open a locked bathroom door from the outside, and a security guard noticed damage to the bathroom's soap dish and toilet paper, in addition to the door. When the guard confronted the swimmers about it, things allegedly got so heated that the security guard pulled his gun on them, before the Americans paid off the gas station manager and left before police could arrive.
Conger and Bentz were pulled off a plane on Wednesday night after a judge ordered them to stay in the country. The order came too late to keep Lochte in Brazil, leaving him in the awkward position of really really hoping that his teammates don't change their story despite the fact that he left them hanging out to dry in a foreign country. As if that isn't bad enough, Lochte is even getting dunked on by noted Business Insider nerd Josh Barro:
.@joshtpm is there a Lochte's Razor principle where we assume the stupidest possible explanation of this robbery story is the true one?
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) August 18, 2016
In potentially vindicating news for Lochte though, The Guardian reports that a British Olympian, who has yet to be named, was robbed at gunpoint early on Tuesday morning. At the moment though, it looks like Lochte's ability to lie to police wouldn't qualify for a medal.