One Brazilian police official has now publicly come out and accused Lochte making up the entire robbery story.
Per the Associated Press, a police official connected to the investigation said that swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, James Feigen and Jack Conger stopped at a gas station outside of Rio to use the bathroom. One of the swimmers tried to open the door but could not do so.
Per the report, the other swimmers then pushed on the door to open it and thus broke the door. A security guard, who was armed with a pistol, then spoke with the swimmers. The gun was never drawn per the manager.
The manager of the story then asked the swimmers to pay for the door and the four left an undisclosed amount of money for the door. Surveillance video shows the four swimmers arriving back at the Olympic Village around 7 a.m.
The report also says that Bentz and Conger admitted the story was made up after the swimmers were pulled off a plane on Wednesday night.
Bentz has been in communication with his college head coach, Georgia’s Jack Bauerle. Bentz and Conger were on a plane Wednesday night when they pulled off by Brazilian police. Their passports had been seized. Feigen’s passport was seized earlier in the day. Lochte’s passport had been ordered to be seized but he had already left the country.
Lochte was back in Florida on Tuesday. The former Florida swimmer said he had been robbed Sunday night by men dressed as police. Lochte claimed that one put a gun to his head. The swimmers claimed their wallets had been stolen, but their cell phones and jewelry had not.
Earlier on Thursday, the U.S. Olympic Committee said that Feigen, Bentz and Conger are cooperating with Brazilian officials.