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Um, Ryan Lochte made up that story about getting robbed in Brazil


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Ryan Lochte. (jdlasica/Flickr)

Surely Ryan Lochte's pants are on fire after the Brazilian police said Lochte lied about getting robbed at a gas station. #LochteGate all started when the Olympic swimmer, along with teammates James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, claimed they were robbed at gunpoint while leaving a party at Club France early on August 14th by people posing as police officers. Apparently the swimmers had been en route to the Olympic Village and were drunk.

But they didn't have their stories straight. At one point, Lochte said a gun was pointed right at his head, but when he retold the story, the gun was just pointing in his general direction. Hmm.

Brazilian authorities looked at their claims because it says loads about their hospitality and security if Olympic athletes -- gold medalists, at that -- claim to have been robbed at gunpoint.

Not only did the swimmers make it all up, but one of the swimmers had vandalized a gas station in a Rio suburb by breaking down the door. A security guard had then stopped them and demanded money for the damages. There are varying accounts of whether the swimmers got into a fight with the guard and if he was armed.

Surveillance footage through the evening shows the intoxicated swimmers leaving the party, entering and leaving the gas station and then calmly going through security to enter the Olympic Village.

It's not just a goofy story that can be shrugged off -- giving false testimony and filing false police report are punishable offenses.

A Brazilian judge ordered the three other swimmers to be detained. Conger and Bentz were pulled off their US-bound flight and have admitted the robbery was a lie. Feigen still has to give a statement to the police.

Lochte, meanwhile, has flown back to the US, and Brazilian authorities are in talks with the FBI about how to handle this situation.

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Um, Ryan Lochte made up that story about getting robbed in Brazil

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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