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Ryan Lochte explains his ‘immature behavior’ to Matt Lauer

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte went on NBC to explain his side of what happened n Rio.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Published Aug 21, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 5:23 am CDT

Speaking to NBC’s Matt Lauer, disgraced Zoolander merman Ryan Lochte explained that he “over-exaggerated” his much-shared story about being held at gunpoint in Rio.

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In other words, he lied.

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This saga began when Lochte claimed that he and three other Olympic swimmers had been mugged by men disguised as police, a story that quickly went viral online. Brazilian officials then said the story was a lie, and Lochte and one of the other swimmers, Jimmy Feigen, were indicted by Rio authorities for falsely reporting a crime. Instead of being held at gunpoint, it is now believed that the swimmers were involved in a drunken altercation at a gas station. 

After a long career of being viewed as a harmless doofus, this has not been a good week for Ryan Lochte. In an awkward sitdown interview, he attempted to explain what happened.

As Lauer points out, it now sounds like the incident involved the swimmers “negotiating a settlement” for causing damage to the gas station, whereas Lochte’s original account painted a picture of “the mean streets of Rio.” Lochte told him that he takes full responsibility for the scandal, which he described as the result of “immature behavior.”

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Lochte’s full interview is set to air on Today on Monday.

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*First Published: Aug 21, 2016, 12:29 pm CDT