Ryan Lochte receives suspension from USOC, USA Swimming for Rio incident
Sep 09 2016
Ryan Lochte has accepted a 10-month ban after giving an embellished account of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.
Instead, Brazilian police said the men vandalized the bathroom of the gas station while intoxicated, were questioned by guards, then paid for the damage and left.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Lochte was able to win an Olympic gold medal but also faced scrutiny after being accused of filing a false police report after an alleged robbery - which he had not been punished for, until now.
The suspension reportedly also includes the 2017 World Championships in July and, according to USA Today, is longer than those handed to the other three swimmers involved in the incident.
As you'll recall, Ryan and his teammates - Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen, and Gunnar Bentz - initially claimed they were "robbed" at a gas station after a night out on August 13.
Bentz, Conger and Feigen, who also won relay golds in Brazil, have been banned for four months and Bentz will carry out 10 hours of community service for violating a USA Swimming Olympic Village curfew given he is under the age of 21. Those sanctions, which end on December 31, also strip funding and training access and precludes them from the White House trip.
Announcing the punishment for Lochte and three other swimmers, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said, "The behavior of these athletes was not acceptable".
Ryan Lochte has been suspended for almost a year by the United States Olympic Committee, according to TMZ Sports.
Bentz, Conger and Feigen have since publicly shared their version of the events with stories that differ from Lochte's original tale and essentially match surveillance video released by Brazilian police.
Doubts were nearly immediately raised about Lochte's version of events, and he later admitted that he had embellished the story.
Four of the 32-year-old's sponsors have already ended their associations with him, including Speedo and Ralph Lauren.
During the suspension, none of the swimmers are eligible to receive monthly stipends that USA Swimming and USOC provide to help athletes cover training expenses.
Lochte, who is now seeking to rehabilitate his public image with an appearance on upcoming reality show Dancing with the Stars, has apologised for his conduct.