Rio Olympics 2016: Police Sources Declare US Swimmers Robbery Saga Is a Make-UpFeatured, Latest News, Sports Friday, August 19th, 2016
BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Sources in the Brazilian Police has faulted robbery story wielded around US Olympic swimmers, in Rio de Janeiro, describing the purported saga as a ruse and frame-up.
It would be recalled the swimmers except Ryan Lochte, were prevented Wednesday at the airport from leaving Brazil due to alleged attack on them by the suspected armed robbers. Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Feigen are still in Rio.
Still, the Police sources narrated that what actually transpired was that one of the athletes broke the door to the bathroom and a row ensued, after which the attendants asked the Americans to pay for the damage.
The sources indicated that after security guards were invited; then the Americans allegedly paid and left.
There of the swimmers still in Brazil are due for investigation by police, while the fourth, Lochte, returned to US Monday.
In what looks like admittance of the Police position, Mr. Lochte agreed Wednesday that there were some inaccuracies in his original account – of being robbed at gunpoint in the early hours of Sunday. Yet, he insisted that the robbery narration was not a frame-up..
“I wouldn’t make up a story like this nor would the others – as a matter of fact we all feel it makes us look bad” Lochte reiterated.
Lochte is a successful swimmer in history, with 12 Olympic medals. He once had his own reality television show in the US. In Rio, he swam in two events, winning gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Feigen won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, while Bentz competed in the 4x200m preliminaries, but did not the final, yet, received a gold medal after the US team’s win.
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