Ryan Lochte, champion Olympic swimmer and America’s Sexiest Douchbag, is in the news, but not for winning his 12th Olympic medal in Rio. He went to a party at Rio’s Casa França with swim team pals Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger and they got drunk. On their way back to the Olympic Village in the wee hours of August 14th, they had their cab driver stop at a gas station in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca neighborhood so they could take a pee. The restroom door was locked, but boys will be boys and nature abhors a full bladder, so they broke down the door and trashed a soap holder, a mirror, and a “Please Do Not Enter” sign. Two impatient athletes peed against a wall. In other words, just another boys night out for privileged American jocks.
But this didn’t go over so well in upscale Barra da Tijuca. An armed security guard appeared, and the drunken bros paid about $51 toward the damages before their taxi was allowed to pull away.
Ryan Lochte (“So Sexy, So Dumb“) had a short-lived reality TV show called What Would Ryan Lochte Do? In this case what he did was lie, as any spoiled frat boy would. When the teammates got back to the Olympic Village, they claimed they were robbed of $400 at gunpoint by crooks masquerading as police, and Ryan Lochte even told that lie to his mother.
This all fell apart when security video surfaced showing that the four had their wallets when they passed through metal detectors on their return to the athletes village. Surveillance footage from the gas station even showed them breaking down that door.
Swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were pulled off a US-bound plane in Rio on August 17th and questioned by police. Teammate Jimmy Feigen was forced to pay $11,000 to a Brazilian charity before he was allowed to leave the country. And Ryan Lochte, in the true spirit of “I’m-a-celebrity-get-me-outta-here,” left Rio on August 16th, before any of that happened.
So after the 2016 Olympic Games observed their closing ceremonies, the people of Rio remember how America’s spoiled millionaire athletes trashed their city and its reputation and taxed its already overburdened justice system. And total bro Ryan Lochte went back to his 130 pairs of shoes, hip-hop-tropical-frat-boy wardrobe, and a T-shirt that says “I am Ryan Lochte. Google Me.” Only now when you Google “Ryan Lochte,” you’ll get the word “liar.” That’s one Lochte Olympic record that will never be broken.
“Lochte’s actions help U.S. top medal count for stupidity,” Linda Robertson, Miami Herald
“Ryan Lochte is everything the world hates about Americans,” Mike Vaccaro, New York Post
“Ryan Lochte: US falls out of love with the ultimate ‘bro,'” BBC News
“Ryan Lochte: an Olympic tale of gold medals and white privilege,” Marina Hyde, The Guardian
“Ryan Lochte’s Olympic antics may cost him sponsors,” Claire Atkinson and Lisa Fickenscher, New York Post
“Ryan Lochte: ‘I over-exaggerated’ Olympics robbery story,” Azadeh Ansari and Steve Almasy, CNN
“Ryan Lochte, Teammates to Face Discipline From USOC,” Sports Illustrated
“Ryan Lochte loses all four commercial sponsors after Rio Olympics incident,” Matt Bonesteel, Washington Post
“Rio police charge Ryan Lochte with false crime report,” Des Bieler, Washington Post
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