“I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself,” US Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte said in a statement apologizing for making false claims that he was robbed at gunpoint while in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games.
Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. swim teammates made headlines on Sunday after they claimed that they were held up at gunpoint and robbed in a Rio de Janeiro taxi.
Lochte told police that he and other members of the US swimming team were robbed in a taxi at gunpoint by a bunch of men who were impersonating police officers, but this story was recently questioned by the authorities.
Brazilian police claimed that, at the time of the incident, the four US athletes were “breaking down” a bathroom door and “fighting” security staff at a gas station.
The authorities in Brazil have indicted the swimmer and his team mate for making false reports to the police and recommended that they be charged over the incident.
The 12-time Olympic medalist on Friday, August 19, 2016 issued this statement where he apologises for his behavior and admits that he should have been “much more responsible in how I handled myself”.
Here’s the statement in full.
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