US apologises for swimmers' 'unacceptable behaviour'


Rio’s civil police head Fernando Veloso said the four Olympic gold medallists had not been robbed. "No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed,’’ he said.

He told reporters that one or more of the athletes had instead vandalised a toilet in a petrol station and then offered to pay for the damage. The Americans paid and left after armed security guards intervened, he said.

He warned that the swimmers, who had repeatedly changed their accounts of what happened, could “in theory” face charges of giving false testimony and vandalism

Washington Post:

“There is a special category of obnoxious American ‘bro’ that Lochte represents, in his T-shirt and jeans and expensive suede footwear, which he showed off on Instagram that night at the party along with the price tag. ‘We’re 6k deep here,’ he captioned it. Is there anything worse, in any country, than a bunch of entitled young drunks who break the furniture and pee on a wall?”


Only Lochte hasn’t accounted for himself. The other three have reached deals with the Brazilian authorities.

The lawyer for U.S. Olympic swimmer James Feigen says he will pay about $10,800 Friday and then leave Brazil following the robbery scandal involving the U.S. swim team.

Attorney Breno Melaragno says early Friday that, under an agreement reached with a Brazilian judge, Feigen will donate 35,000 Brazilian reals to an “institution” and depart.

Melaragno did not specify where the money will go, but the term “institution” can be taken to mean charity. The lawyer said under Brazilian law, a donation can be made to avoid criminal prosecution for minor offenses, but did not say what charge was being contemplated against Feigen.

Feigen’s teammates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger left Brazil on Thursday night after giving testimony to police.


So much for any endorsement deals…


Amen. The best kind of justice - hit him in the wallet.






US swimmer Lochte, Brazil police differ on robbery story


And they may well be barred from further competition.

It’s about time everybody got reminded that Olympianism is not just about exceptional bodies, but exemplary conduct. And getting drunk, damaging property and lying about what happened isn’t that.





A thoroughly shameful spectacle. Lochte and his chums have disgraced an otherwise stellar American team and insulted the generosity of their Brazilian hosts.

Lochte is such a **** and the epitome of the “frat” - that ignominious American “bro” so glorified in the teen movies exported from Hollywood. I cannot stand the cavalier, devil-may-care, reckless, juvenile behaviour associated with this brand of masculinity - which is so often synonymous with contempt for the opposite sex, as well as promoting a sleaze ball lifestyle.

It is bad enough in a teenaged/early twenty-something college jock, let alone a 32 year old professional athlete representing his country on the world stage!!!


…or perhaps he’ll land his own reality show. :shrug:


He already did. It was HORRIBLE.

It made the jersey shore look Mensa.


As well they should be. Any athlete from any country, representing any country should be in their best behavior during the competitions. What these individuals did, was disrespectful and should be, suspended at the minimum for their actions.


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