Two U.S. Swimmers Attempting to Leave Rio Pulled Off Plane Amid Fake Robbery Allegations


Few days ago in Rio de Janeiro, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed he and other swimmers were robbed by fake cops at gunpoint.

Lochte described the ordeal to NBC News:

“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. 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.”

Since then, a bunch of holes have been found in their story including photos and video evidence of the swimmers with their belongings in hand as they went through metal detectors. A judge then ordered that Ryan Lochte and James Feigen turn over their passports to Brazil amid reports that there was no evidence that a crime was committed.

Problem was, Ryan Lochte had already boarded a plane and is back home in the United States. Not so good for his buddies as they tried to board a plane and leave on Wednesday.

“Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were taken off their flight departing for the United States by Brazilian authorities,  USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.  He said more information is being gathered.”


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