Ryan Lochte Was Robbed At Gunpoint In Rio On Saturday
You probably won't be shocked to learn that Team USA swimmer and six-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday. That's not to say that he specifically had it coming by any means, it's just that I think we are all a little surprised that this didn't happen to someone sooner.
NBC News confirmed the story, first told to multiple sources by Lochte's mother Ileana Lochte, that her son was with fellow U.S. Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen when they were forced from their taxi cab and robbed at gunpoint in Rio overnight on Saturday. Prior to confirmation from the Olympians, the IOC had tried to vehemently deny that anything had occurred at all.
Because they are lying liars.
Luckily, good old Billy Bush of TODAY spoke with Lochte himself. And in typical bro-fashion, he seemed very chill about the entire ordeal.
"We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over," Lochte said. "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground.
"And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, "Get down," and I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials."
I hope that if I am ever robbed at gunpoint that I say "whatever" when someone cocks their gun, puts it to my head and forces me to the ground. That's some Bruce Willis shit right there. And whoever robbed Lochte was at least smart enough to know that they shouldn't even attempt to pose as a 6'2", blue-haired, celebrity athlete. Good to know.
USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky later gave the following statement to NBC News:
"According to four members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for the Olympic Village. Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings. All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities."
Police officials also stated that they weren't contacted about the incident but that they were available to help the athletes if necessary. I'm not 100% sure what that means. If the police weren't contacted in any capacity, it might be because they aren't available to help. But that's just a guess.
In any case, Lochte and the other swimmers are safe and sound and that is certainly a blessing. I can imagine that at this point, everyone is just counting down the days until they can leave Rio and never return.
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