Ryan Lochte Offers Partial Apology

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Ryan Lochte at the 2012 OlympicsRyan Lochte at the 2012 Olympics

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte took to Instagram to address his controversial behavior in Rio.

The four-time gold medalist found himself all over the news after it was confirmed his alleged robbery never happened. 

Lochte, along with his three teammates, initially claimed they were robbed at gunpoint by individuals posing as police officers while they were taking a taxi back to Rio's Olympic Village from the French hospitality house on Aug. 14, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

Brazilian investigators found inconsistencies in their stories, leading swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz to confess they were not robbed, but were simply trying to cover up a night filled with drunken debauchery.  

Video surveillance confirms the men damaged a gas station bathroom and urinated on the side of the gas station's wall. The group was eventually confronted by two security guards with their guns pulled, who demanded the swimmers pay for damages. The New York Daily News reports the Olympians gave gas station workers $50 and then left in a taxi.  

Lochte has been slammed on social media for not commenting on the situation while the investigation proved he lied to authorities. After almost a week of silence on the subject, he has finally spoken out in a vaguely worded Instagram post.  

"I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend — for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning," Lochte began. 

He continued on to say that he "learned some valuable lessons" and that he is especially sorry for "taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics."

Most noticeably, Lochte did not explicitly mention what really happened at the gas station and instead framed the events as if he was robbed. 

“It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country -- with a language barrier -- and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave,” wrote Lochte.

It is unclear whether Lochte will make any more statements on the matter. He ended his post saying he wants the public to instead return its focus to the successes and performances of Olympic athletes. 

“There has already been too much said and too many valuable resources dedicated to what happened last weekend,” he said. “So I hope we spend our time celebrating the great stories and performances of these Games and look ahead to celebrating future successes.”

Sources: New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Ralph Laurem/Instagram via Ryan Lochte

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