What is going on with Ryan Lochte and his claims about being robbed in Rio?


There's a pretty bizarre and confusing story going on right now involving US swimmer Ryan Lochte, some of his team mates and an alleged robbery. Here's a bit of a breakdown:

On Sunday - the morning after Lochte's last swim - reports emerged that he had been robbed at gunpoint.

This was initially denied by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) - despite Lochte's mother telling American media that she had heard it directly from her son.

Then, later on Sunday, Lochte told US TV that he, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen were travelling back to the athletes' village from a party when their taxi was stopped and they were robbed.

But CCTV footage seemed to paint a different picture. Clips have emerged in the Brazilian media of Feigen and Lochte returning to the village much later than they claimed - and Lochte's wallet, which was supposed to have been stolen, passing through the security check.

Rio police have also been unable to find the driver of their taxi, while reports in US media on Thursday claimed the swimmers had become embroiled in a fight at a petrol station.

(Mauro Pimentel/AP)
(L-R) Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger (Mauro Pimentel/AP)

On Wednesday evening, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were taken off a plane at Rio airport on Wednesday as local police investigate the allegations. They had tried to meet with the pair and seize their passports earlier on Wednesday morning, according to USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky but "we were not able to make the athletes available" because the swimming team moved out of the village when their competition ended last weekend.

James Feigen has also stayed in Rio, while Lochte has reportedly already returned to the United States.

On Thursday, Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada - who apologised earlier in the week for the incident - said the swimmers do not need to apologise and that they should be given "a break".

"I do not regret having apologised... and no apologies from him and other athletes are needed. We need to understand that these kids were trying to have fun. They came here, they represented their country to the best of their ability. They trained for four years, they competed under gigantic pressure.

"I understand this issue is under investigation. I cannot go much further into the case. But let's give those kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. Why should the swimmers apologise? No. They had fun, they made a mistake, it's part of life, life goes on."

Confused? Yeah us, too.