The USOC issued a statement Thursday that seemed to verify what authorities in Brazil have about U.S. swim team members being robbed at gunpoint on Sunday.
It appears now that former Florida star Ryan Lochte’s claim that he and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint was inaccurate as authorities in Brazil claimed earlier in the week.
Here is the statement tweeted by Dan Wetzel of USAToday. The USOC apologized to the people of Brazil and admonished the athletes involved.
USOC apologizes to Brazil for Lochte incident, agrees with police findings pic.twitter.com/l9U5kq2nao
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) August 19, 2016
Bentz, a member of the Georgia swim team, and Conger were detained on Wednesday as they were preparing to depart on a flight home back to the U.S. and questioned by police. They were finally allowed to leave Brazil later in the day on Thursday.