September 8 2016
Lochte and three other teammates have been suspended for filing a false police report at the Rio Games
Ryan Lochte at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brazil. | Photo: Reuters
Disgraced U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended from the U.S. swim team for reporting to police a fanciful story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympic Games.
Lochte, 32, will not be eligible to compete in a 2017 swimming tournament in Budapest, Hungary. Lochte’s teammates involved in the incident, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger have also been suspended for 10-months.
Brazilian authorities said that the group of swimmers were drunk and urinated on a gas station door leading to a confrontation with a security guard who demanded the athletes pay for damages to a bathroom door.
Brazil has charged Lochte with falsely reporting crime, a felony, carrying a maximum sentence of a six-month jail time. He is expected to be summoned back to Brazil to testify.