The fears of potential violence against Olympians in Brazil were not unfounded. U.S swimming star Ryan Lochte and three other teammates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio.
Lochte and Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were stuck up at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro overnight Saturday/Sunday morning (Aug. 14).
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) initially tried to deny the incident, but Lochte confirming the story deaded their struggle. The teammates were in a cab when they got pulled over by men posing as cops.
“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte told NBC News. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.”
Brave and bold, but not very smart, Ryan. Then ish got very real.
He added, “And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”
Fortunately the thieves took the goods , kept it moving and left everyone unharmed. The authorities are investigating the incident and reportedly seeking the cab driver for questioning.
Inside job? Maybe.