U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. teammates; Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint while in a taxi in Rio early Sunday (Aug. 14) morning. According to Lochte’s tweet, they were all unharmed.
Lochte stated that he and his teammates were in a cab going to visit a Brazilian swimmer, when the robbers stop them and took their money. Lochte stated that his wallet was taken as well.
“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. “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. 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.”
Initially, the Olympic committee denied the robbery happened, and then confirmed sometime after both Lochte and his mother confirmed the robbery. Check out Ryan’s Instagram post below.