Michael Phelps has sounded off on the controversy surrounding his teammate Ryan Lochte.
When asked by a paparazzo in Scottsdale, AZ if he thinks that Lochte could come away unscathed from the situation, the 23-time gold medalist replied, “We have good people taking care of it, so hopefully.”
Lochte, who issued a public apology earlier today, came under fire after it was revealed that he and three teammates had fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the Olympics.
Although Lochte and fellow U.S. swimmer Jimmy Feigen initially said they’d been pulled over in their cab by men posing as police officers, and then forced to turn over their money, they later said that the robbery took place at a gas station, where they stopped to use the bathroom.
However, it later came out that the four athletes had vandalized the gas station, and were then held by an armed security guard until they paid the owner for the damages.
Lochte and Feigen were then facing an indictment for lying to police, but with the former already back in the States, Feigen opted to donate nearly $11,000 to a Brazilian charity to avoid charges.
Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, who were held at the Rio airport after being removed from their flight Wednesday, arrived safely back in the U.S. this morning.