Judge Orders Ryan Lochte to Stay in Rio After Robbery

A few days after Ryan Lochte and other members of the U.S. men’s swimming team reported being robbed at gunpoint, Brazilian officials are ordering them to stay in Rio.

Unfortunately, the 12-time Olympic medalist has already left the country.

USA Today reports that Lochte and his teammate Jimmy Feigen received the order from a judge three days after the alleged robbery took place, as there were apparently “inconsistencies in the testimony of the two swimmers.”

After watching the surveillance footage of Lochte, Feigen and their teammates arriving at the Olympic athletes’ village after the incident, Judge Keyla Blank apparently felt that as though they did not show any signs of being shaken up by the reported events.

“They arrived with their psychological and physical integrity unperturbed,” she wrote.

Lochte and his teammates claimed that they were heading from France House back to the athletes’ village via taxi cab early on Sunday morning when the car was stopped by men posing as the police, who then robbed them at gunpoint.

Spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee Patrick Sandusky told The New York Times that when he went to get Lochte and Feigen’s passports, they were already gone.

“The swim team moved out of the village after their competition ended, so we were not able to make the athletes available,” Sandusky said in a statement. “Additionally, as part of our standard security protocol, we do not make athlete travel plans public and therefore cannot confirm the athletes’ current location.”

However, Lochte confirmed via Snapchat on Tuesday that he was “back on U.S. soil.”


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