Whether or not Ryan Lochte has told the complete truth about what happened to him and three other American swimmers on Sunday morning in Rio remains to be seen. Maybe we’ll get to the bottom of the story, maybe not.
I do not doubt that Lochte was robbed in Rio, though, and I am left wondering why officials in the Brazilian city are so fixated on trying to prove he was lying.
They publicly questioned Lochte’s story, tried to poke holes in it, and they ordered the swimmer and teammate Jimmy Feigen to remain in Rio pending further questioning. Luckily Lochte had already left for the U.S. and got out, but Feigen still needs to deal with authorities. Meanwhile, the two other swimmers who were part of the alleged robbery, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were pulled off their airplane Wednesday and detained. That’s just taking things way too far.
Let’s all look at the reasons why one Brazilian judge has ordered all of this commotion, along with the LBS counterpoints for every argument.
Rio Judge: Notes a discrepancy between when Lochte said they left a party (4:00 am) and when they arrived at the Olympic village (minutes before 7:00 am).
LBS Counterpoint: What if the guys left at 4am, got robbed, their ride ditched them, and then it took a while to regroup and find another ride back? Nothing adds time to one’s night more than getting robbed and ditched at least 30 minutes away from where you’re staying. Or what if they were drunk and not really paying attention to the time they actually left, and they were an hour off? Isn’t that plausible?
Rio Judge: Analyzing their behavior and body language on the security footage at the Olympic village, they did not look like they had been robbed.