Thursday, August 18, 2016
AMERICAN SWIMMER RYAN LOCHTE AND 3 OTHER AMERICAN SWIMMERS ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT BEING ROBBED. WHILE URINATING AT AND VANDALIZING BRAZILIAN GAS STATION.
FERNANDO VELOSO CHIEF OF BRAZILIAN CIVIL POLICE HELD THE PRESS CONFERENCE. POLICE WORKED THREW SOCIAL MEDIA TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THE NIGHT OF THE SO CALLED ROBBERY. THE 4 SWIMMERS RIGHT FROM THE BEGINING GAVE ALL KIND OF CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS. A GIRL AND A TAXI DRIVER CAME FORWARD WITH WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. WE FOUND OUT ONE IF NOT ALL 4 OF THE AMERICAN SWIMMERS VANDALIZED THE GAS STATION WASHROOM. AND THE POLICE KNOW FOR SURE THE SWIMMERS LIED ABOUT THE ROBBERY. NO ARRESTS ARE MADE ON THE 4 SWIMMERS YET. BUT THEY COULD BE CHARGED IN THE FUTURE. POLICE SAID. BUT MOST LIKELY THEY WILL NOT BE CHARGED. THE FOUR CAME TO THE GAS STATION BY CAB. I GUESS THEY NEEDED TO USE THE WASHROOM. THE 4 WENT TO THE WASHROOM. AND AT LEAST ONE IF NOT ALL 4 THEN VANDALIZED THE WASHROOM. A COUPLE OF SECURITY GUARDS MUST HAVE SEEN THEM-OR THE GIRL SEEN THEM. AND TOLD SECURITY-THEY WERE TRASHING THE WASHROOM. THE SECURITY GUARDS THEN CONFRONTED THE 4. PHONED POLICE. WHILE THE FOUR WENT AND TALKED TO THE GAS BAR OWNER. OR TOLD THE 2 SECURITY GUARDS THEY WANT TO PAY FOR BREAKING THE MIRROR AND OTHER DAMAGE TO THE WASHROOM. RYAN LOCHTE WAS DRUNK AND VERY MOUTHY. HE WAS THE MAIN CRIMINAL IN THIS VANDALISM. THE 4 THEN SETTLED ON A $120.00 COMPENSATION FOR VANDALIZING AND URINATING ALL OVER THE WASHROOM FLOOR OR DOOR. THEN THEY WANTED TO LEAVE BEFORE POLICE CAME TO THE SCENE. THE NEXT DAY THEN POLICE SAY LOCHTE AND THE OTHER 3 MADE UP THE FALSE ROBBERY-GUN IN THE FACE STORY. AS VIDEO OF THE GAS STATION SHOWS NO SUCH GUN OR BURGLARY OF THE 4 AMERICAN SWIMMERS. THIS WAS A COMPLETE MADE UP STORY BY LOCHTE POLICE SAY. AND LOCHTE SPREAD THE LIE TO THE MEDIA POSSIBLY BECAUSE HE WAS MAD AT HIS GIRLFRIEND OR ANOTHER WOMAN. AS LOCHTE WAS DRUNK AND MOUTHY AT THE GAS STATION. THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL ONGOING. BUT THE 4 PROBABLY WILL NOT BE CRIMINALLY CHARGED. LOCHTE IS THE ONLY ONE BEING NAMED. BECAUSE HE SKIPPED TOWN AND CAN NOT BE RETALIATED AGAINST. THE OTHER 3 ARE STILL IN BRAZIL. SO THEY WILL NOT BE NAMED. THIS COULD HURT LOCHTES 7 ENDORCEMENTS WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IF HE DOES NOT APPOLOGIZE TO BRAZIL THE PUBLIC AND HIS ENDORCERS.
RYAN LOCHTE MINOR CRIMINAL HISTORY
2010 DISORDERLY CONDUCT
2005 URINATING IN PUBLIC (SOUND FAMILIAR)
DID RYAN LOCHTE LIE ABOUT BEING ROBBED. WE KNOW LOCHTE AND THE 3 OTHER AMERICAN SWIMMERS URINATED AND VANDALIZED A GAS STATION. AND BEFORE POLICE CAME TO THE SCENE. A DEAL WAS MADE BETWEEN LOCHTE-THE OTHER 3 AMERICAN SWIMMERS AND THE GAS STATION OWNER. DID LOCHTE LIE ABOUT THE ROBBERY TO COVERUP THE 4 SWIMMERS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AT THE GAS STATION.WE WILL FIND OUT SHORTLY IN A PRESS CONFERENCE FROM BRAZIL. AND ITS NO ACCIDENT THAT LOCHTE GOT OTTA BRAZIL QUICK. IF HE LIED ABOUT THE ROBBERY. WHILE URINATING AND VANDALIZING THE GAS STATION.
Brazil police reportedly recommend Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen be indicted for reporting false crime-[Pat Forde and Eric Adelson]-August 18, 2016-YAHOONEWS
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police officials have recommended American swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen be indicted on charges of reporting a false crime, according to local medial reports.The swimmers would likely have to pay a fine if they are found guilty of providing false testimony or property damage but would not face prison time, police said earlier Thursday.Police officials said Lochte, Feigen and teammates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger had a gun pointed at them by a security officer after they vandalized a gas station bathroom, but were not victims of a robbery or other violence.The swimmers damaged a door to a bathroom at a local gas station after arriving there in a taxi following a party early Sunday, police said. Video footage shows security confronting the swimmers. The group gave money for the broken door, and, police said, a security guard brandished a gun because he was concerned about the swimmers’ size and intoxication level.One of the swimmers told investigators the group was not extorted and confirmed gas station employees’ version of the events, NBC reported. Conger and Bentz left the police station Thursday night.Feigen told the San Antonio Express-News earlier Thursday that the group was robbed. Lochte also continued to maintain his story in an interview with TMZ, saying the security video doesn’t show the complete altercation because three minutes of it had been edited out.An inebriated Lochte was involved in at least one incident over the course of the night in question, irrespective of the alleged robbery, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. With his story being refuted by teammates, several people associated with USA Swimming are bracing for backlash against the four-time Olympian and the organization as a whole.While Lochte has already returned to the United States, Feigen, Bentz and Conger have yet to leave the country.The three are “cooperating with authorities and in the process of scheduling a time and place today to provide further statements to the Brazilian authorities,” USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement earlier Thursday. “All are represented by counsel and being appropriately supported by the USOC and the U.S. Consulate in Rio.”Lochte and Feigen initially filed a police report saying the four swimmers were held up at gunpoint. That alleged incident started a firestorm and further heightened security concerns, but Brazilian officials started questioning Lochte’s account of what happened in the past few days.Bentz and Conger were detained at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport as they were attempting to fly home. The two originally cleared customs but were removed from their flight and prevented from leaving the country. They were taken to a local police station late Wednesday and were released after a few hours with the understanding they will meet again with authorities on Thursday.Wednesday morning, a Brazilian judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to surrender their passports as part of their investigation into the robbery claim. Lochte, however, had already returned to the United States.Steve Bentz, Gunnar Bentz’s father, declined comment when reached by Yahoo Sports Wednesday night.In a phone interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Lochte stood by the majority of his story of what happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. He insisted he was robbed, and that a gun was pointed at him – although he backed away from his previous assertion that the gun was pressed against his forehead. Lochte told Lauer that his police interview when he filed his report was “casual” and “friendly,” and that the authorities never doubted his truthfulness.“No [apologies] from [Lochte] or other athletes are needed,” IOC Rio Games spokesperson Mario Andrada said. “We have to understand that these kids were trying to have fun. They came here, they represent their country to the best of their ability. They train for years. They competed under gigantic pressure. I understand they’re under investigation. I can’t go much further into the details.“But let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all times. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on.”The IOC said it hasn’t seen video of the alleged altercation, nor did it know about it.U.S. Consulate personnel were at the airport when Conger and Bentz were detained.“Generally speaking, when a U.S. citizen is detained overseas, we immediately seek to meet with them, confirm their well-being, contact friends or family members on their behalf, and ensure they are treated fairly according to local laws,” said U.S. State Department official, who would not specifically comment on the swimmers’ case, citing privacy concerns. “While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country’s laws and regulations.”
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