After much speculation Sunday morning, NBC’s Billy Bush confirmed that Team USA swimmer Ryan Lochte and three other Team USA swimmers were robbed at gunpoint on Saturday.
Lochte’s mother told USA Today that the swimmer was on his way to a party in Rio de Janeiro when he was robbed.
The 32-year-old Rochester, N.Y. native has 12 Olympic medals, six of them gold, including top honors in the 4×200 freestyle relay this year.
“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.”
According to USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusk:
“According to four members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for the Olympic Village. Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings. All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities.”
Sunday evening, Lochte released a statement on the matter via his Twitter account.