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Ryan Lochte issues apology for incident in Rio

24 APRIL 2014: Ryan Lochte addressing press during the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, Ariz., USA.
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Via his Twitter account Friday morning, American swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized for his behavior Sunday morning in Rio that led to reports that he and his teammates were held up at gunpoint.

The events of Sunday morning were originally presented as a group of American swimmers held up at gunpoint while innocently returning from a post-competition party at the France house is Rio. As further evidence emerged, however, it turned out that Lochte and teammates James Feigen, Jack Conger, and Gunnar Bentz were stopped by security guards after allegedly vandalizing and urinating on a gas station on their way back from said party. The security guards held the swimmers at gunpoint and demanded money to pay for the damages to the property.

In the statement, presented in full above, Lochte apologizes for distracting from the athletes competing at the Games and for not describing the events more accurately. What he does not do in the statement is enter into specifics of what happened Sunday morning or apologize for any of his actions that contributed to the events that transpired.

This isn’t particularly surprising, as this statement was likely edited by his lawyer, who is going to have to defend Lochte in court against whatever charges the gas station or the Brazilian government brings against him. If he were to admit to any wrongdoing on Sunday morning, he would have little in the way of a leg to stand on in court.

Lochte came away with only one medal in the 2016 Olympics as a member of the gold-medal-winning United States 4x200m relay team.

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