Ryan Lochte, and three other members of the US Olympic Swimming Team, were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning. Reports said that Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen had left Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira?s party which was held at Club France when the robbery occurred.
The incident happened when the four members of the US Olympic Swimming Team had left in a taxi headed back to the Olympic Village. Their taxi was stopped by armed men posing as police officers who then proceeded to rob the athletes.
IOC Director of Communications Mark Adams had initially denied the incident, saying that the Lochte gunpoint story was ?not true.?
The robbery was later confirmed in a statement issued by USOC (United States Olympic Committee) spokesperson Patrick Sandusky. ?According to four members of the US Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for the Olympic Village. Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes? money and other personal belongings. All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities.?
The incident was later recounted by Lochte himself in an interview with Today?s Billy Bush. ?I was with a couple of swimmers. We were coming back from a friend?s house. And we got pulled over in our taxi and these guys came out with a badge?a police badge?no lights, no nothing, just a police badge. They pulled us over, they pulled out their guns. They told the other swimmers to get down on the ground, they got down on the ground. I refused. I was like, ?We didn?t do anything wrong so am not getting down on the ground.? And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and said, ?Get down,? and I put my hands up, I was like ?Whatever.? He took our money, he took my wallet. He left my cell phone, he left my credentials.?