The Brazilians really have some balls on them.
AFP reported Thursday that Ryan Lochte has been charged in Brazil for filing a false police report.
“Ryan Lochte was charged with the crime of falsely reporting a crime,” police said in a statement, via the AFP.
Lochte and fellow swimmer Jimmy Feigen initially told police they were pulled over at random in their taxi and robbed at gunpoint. Lochte later admitted he lied about the circumstances surrounding the holdup. Two other swimming teammates, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, did confirm they were forced to pay for damage caused at a gas station at gun point.
That Brazil hasn’t dropped this entire situation yet shows how corrupt they are.
Yes, Lochte and Feigen lied about a story that they were randomly pulled over/robbed, making them seem like total victims. But they did have guns pulled on them at a gas station by men in badges. That happened. That part is true.
Let’s do a breakdown here and see who comes off worse.
Lochte: Embellished robbery story, omitted that he acted like a jerk in a foreign country and damaged sign at gas station, made Brazil look more dangerous through his original story.
Brazil: Makes international incident out of it; tries to seize passports of Lochte and Feigen; pulls Conger and Bentz off a plane; makes Bentz and Conger answer questions; tries to extort Feigen for $46K to end his case; charges Lochte with a crime; is a place where men with badges pulling out guns to demand money for a sign being damaged is totally acceptable.
Yes, Lochte is a juvenile, trouble-making, lying idiot who got his friends in trouble and doesn’t know how to behave, but Brazil is showing it’s true colors by extorting our athletes and going so far overboard with their handling of things. This is the story that needs to be remembered, told and shared; not one about what Lochte has done wrong.