Some of the details into the terrifying robbery involving U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates are starting to unfold, and it seems like he was just over it.
Following conflicting reports initially — with Lochte’s mom breaking the news — then the IOC denying any incident took place — Lochte confirmed the news to NBC himself a short time ago.
“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 said. “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.”
It sounds like Lochte either didn’t understand the serious nature of the situation he was in — or is just exaggerating with the “whatever” claims.
USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky later told confirmed the same thing:
BREAKING: Full USOC statement on Lochte & 3 US swimmers stopped by "individuals posing as armed police officers." pic.twitter.com/PbryVsf71g
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) August 14, 2016
Lochte won a gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.