Ryan Lochte Apologizes, But Still Says Someone Pointed A Gun and Demanded Money
Ryan Lochte apologized for his behavior last weekend, and said he should have been, "more careful and candid in how I described the events." But, it sounds like he still thinks he was strong-armed.
It's traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country with a language barrier and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave. But regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry.
In an interview with Matt Lauer, he said he got himself into this mess because he "left details out." And once again, he brought the gun into it by saying,
Whether you call it a robbery or extortion or us paying just for the damages. All we know was there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money.
He said the reason he lied in early interviews was because he was still drunk. But he still took full responsibility. "If I had never done that, we never would have been in this mess. It was my immature behavior."
The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee did say that some kind of punishment is coming against all four swimmers, because they "let down Americans."
Even though Lochte appears to be taking responsibility for it now, one person is not ready to let him off the hook: Al Roker. While reporting from the Olympics, Roker went on a rant when co-host Billy Bush appeared to give Lochte the benefit of the doubt by saying that Lochte's story was just "embellished." Roker wouldn't have any of it, insisting that Lochte flat-out lied and made up the entire story.