U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte “takes full responsibility” for the overexaggeration of an incident that happened last Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, calling it “immature behavior” in an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Matt Lauer.
The incident was first reported by Lochte to be armed robbery of himself and three U.S. swimming teammates. But in the days since, it was later reported that the four swimmers stopped at a gas station and urinated on the outside of it. The swimmers also reportedly broke a bathroom door, which the swimmers were asked to pay for by the owner of the gas station. The swimmers left some money and then returned to the Olympic Village.
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Says Lauer in the interview: “The first version of the story you told, Ryan, was much more about the mean streets of Rio. And the version we’re hearing now is much more about a negotiated settlement to cover up some dumb behavior.”
To which Lochte said in reply: “And that’s why I’m taking full responsibility for it, is because I overexaggerated that story and if I had never done that, we would never be in this mess.”
Lochte’s full interview with Lauer will air Monday morning on the Today show.