Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal charges in Rio encounter

Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal charges in Rio encounter

2016 was a VERY busy year for your brain, but if you quickly flip back through your internal WTF mental catalog, you might recall that odd incident where US gold medalist Ryan Lochte allegedly lied about being mugged while attending the Rio Olympics last August.

Lochte had said that he and three other US swimmers, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were on their way back to the Olympic Village from a party when their vehicle was pulled over by gun-toting robbers pretending to be police officers.

Lochte fans were quite disappointed to hear that he had lied to NBC publicly about the incident which included accusations of "being robbed by men impersonating police officers".

The story was revealed to have been fabricated in the sense that the athletes weren't robbed, instead being forced, at gunpoint, to pay for items that they took from the gas station.

After Lochte and his attorney "appealed" the original charges, an appeals court found him not-guilty and threw away the case, which included "false communication of a crime". Ostrow said the prosecution has 15 days to appeal again.

Lochte's suspension ended on July 1, and he had planned on competing this week at the Los Angeles Invitational, but he pulled out, citing the birth last month of his first child.

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A USA Today Sports investigation following the incident determined that Lochte's account of what happened at the gas station was substantially true, despite embellishments.

Brazil's government expressed discontent about Lochte's lies, accusations, and lude behavior - yet do not appear to be levying any "ban" from the country against him.

The same investigation found no evidence of damage other than a poster that Lochte tore from a wall.

"That's why I'm taking full responsibility for it is because I over-exaggerated that story", he said.

Lochte did apologize for the incident in an Instagram post on August 19, 2016.

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