We have been reporting (as information has surfaced) on the armed robbery of U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen. First, the four swimmers announced that they had been robbed while taking a taxi back to the athlete’s village after a party. They claimed that they were stopped by people dressed as police officers and held at gunpoint and asked for their money. Then the claim was changed to them being stopped while at a gas station. Now, the truth has surfaced.
The four swimmers were confronted by people dressed as police officers. They were security guards. The swimmers had apparently vandalized the gas station bathroom when security officers approached them about the matter. There were no guns involved in the incident, but instead, the swimmers were forced to pay for their damages made to the bathroom and then left peaceably. No robbery was even committed. Unlucky for the swimmers, the altercation was captured on one of the gas station security cameras.
That is not what we as Americans should be promoting.
We are in the middle of a presidential election that already has other countries questioning our strength and allegiance as a nation. The last thing we need is some young athletes tainting our image even more with lies.