Ryan Lochte Opens Up About Rio Controversey

Let the apology tour begin!

Ryan Lochte has been making his rounds in the press since it was revealed that he and his three teammates had fabricated the story that they’d been robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the Olympics.

In an interview with Matt Lauer, Lochte admitted that he was at fault for the controversy, and said that he takes “full responsibility” for the situation.

“They (the people of Rio) put on a great Games. They did everything. And my immature, intoxicated behavior tarnished that a little,” he said.

When Lauer asked the 32-year-old Olympian if he’d been the one to vandalize the gas station, he replied, “I have no idea. I mean, I was very intoxicated. It was immature. It was childish.”

The Today Show anchor then pressed Lochte to explain why he said the four swimmers were “victims.”

“It’s how you want to, how you want to … make it look like,” he said. “Whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion. Or us paying just for the damages.”

“Like, we don’t know,” Lochte continued. “All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money.”


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