Lochte’s excuses continue

One of the biggest adverse stories from ther Olympics has been US swimmer and medal winner Ryan Lochte claiming he had been robbed at gun point, but this turned out to be untrue.

When his story unravelled he issued a lame excuse, and he has continued with media interviews that seem more inclined towards feeling sorry for himself for having become involved in ‘human error’.

Lochte says he is highly embarrassed himself and for his country, but is still making excuses saying he was highly intoxicated and is human and everyone makes mistakes.

He also blamed ‘immature behaviour’. He is 32 years old.

Most drunk people manage to avoid making high profile false complaints of serious crime.

Deadline reports: Ryan Lochte To Matt Lauer: “I Over-Exaggerated” Robbery Story

In an interview today with NBC’s Matt Lauer that was heavily promoted and aired during the network’s primetime Rio Olympics coverage, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte faced the music, somewhat, over his debunked claims of being robbed at gunpoint last weekend in Rio. He told Lauer that “I over-exaggerated that story.”

Lochte made international headlines last Sunday when he told Brazilian police that he, along with Team USA teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and James Feigen, had been robbed by men posing as law enforcement officers.

Video evidence, witness testimony, and a detailed statement given by Bentz painted a different picture, however. Following an off-site event, the swimmers had urinated outside of a locked gas station restroom, after which Lochte vandalized a sign. Security guards who arrived on the scene then demanded repayment for the damaged property, drawing their weapons after Lochte became belligerent.

In the interview with Lauer today, Lochte — as was the case in an apology issued yesterday — took “full responsibility,” but did not appear to directly address the specific charges of vandalism.

“It’s how you want to make it look like,” he said when asked why he’d presented himself as a victim to authorities and to the media. “Whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion, or us paying just for the damages, like, we don’t know. All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction, and we were demanded to give money.”

Lochte says he has learned his lesson but I think there is more learning to come as further repercussions seem inevitable.

Getting drunk, being a vandal and making false claims of crime in a foreign country with the biggest concentrating of journalists ever on hand is not a trivial matter.

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3 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd August 2016

    A fool and his reputation are soon parted.

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  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  22nd August 2016

    The apology you make when you don’t make an apology.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/20/public-apologies-donald-trump-ryan-lochte-kurt-metzger

    Lest we forget… the keys to a good apology:
    – say what you did wrong
    – be direct and clear
    – ask for forgiveness
    – say what’ll change in the future
    – speak with sincerity
    Oh, and one for Lachte:
    – don’t flee the country while your mates face the music

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  22nd August 2016

      Yes, it was a bit of a Clayton’s apology from what I saw.

      His English is like that of someone whose second language it is.

      His real punishment will be that he is now known and despised as a lying, gutless wonder. His Olympics will be tainted forever. Unless his family are all like him, their delight at having an Olympian in the family will be ruined. His story-what we saw on the news-seemed quite convincing. Did he think that nobody would know ? How stupid does he think that the people of Brazil are ?

      If he hadn’t made up that stupid story, he and his mates could have apologised to the owners of the damaged dunny, paid to have it repaired and given the owners a nice present as well and it’s likely that it would have been a non-event.

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