Ryan Lochte thought Michael Phelps might be a good source of advice after the former Florida swimmer went through a hard time following much-publicized troubles at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Turns out, Phelps never called Lochte, according to a report from USA TODAY Sports’ Josh Peter.
As mentioned in the report, Lochte thought it would be wise to reach out to Phelps, who faced problems after being cited for DUIs in 2004 and 2014. But the two reportedly never connected beyond text messages as the Olympic Games neared an end.
“I think he texted me back saying, ‘Yeah, sure. I’m here to help,’ or something like that,’’ Lochte told USA TODAY Sports. “But he didn’t call me. I was like, ‘Hey, can you please call me? Let me know, I need help.’ That never really happened.’’
Lochte said he wasn’t hurt or resentful.
“I figured it could have been like his people saying, ‘Don’t associate with (Lochte) right now. Lay low,’ ” Lochte said. “It could be anything.
“He’s busy. He has his own life. He has a kid. So it’s gotta be hard, you know?”
There could be a number of reasons that the two never connected for a call, if Lochte’s version of the story is accurate. Still, it seems a little odd that there wasn’t a closer bond. After all, the two have been teammates since the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.