RIO DE JANEIRO -- U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte had a reality show a while back called “What would Ryan Lochte do?”
Now, the question is what did Ryan Lochte do, in Rio.
Security camera video showsreturning to the Athlete’s Village in Rio Sunday morning. It was shortly after Lochte said they left a party at France’s hospitality house in Rio and were robbed at gunpoint by men posing as police.
“They pulled us over,” Lochte said. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground.”
But Wednesday morning, Rio police went to the Athletes Village looking to further question Lochte and teammate James Feigen. A Brazilian judge had ordered their passports seized because of discrepancies in their stories. She said Lochte claims they were robbed by one person who stole $400 from him. Feigen said they were robbed by several people.
The judge also noted that the swimmers do not appear to be shaken up in the security video, despite Lochte’s dramatic account of the robbery.
“The guy pulled out his gun re-cocked it, put it to my forehead and said get down and I was like I put my hands up. I was like whatever,” Lochte recalled in one interview.
Lochte won gold in Rio as a member of the U.S. men’s relay team. His lawyer said he is now back in the United States and cooperated fully when he was first questioned in Brazil.
Feigen is still in Brazil and the federal police have been told not to allow him to board a plane. Lochte’s attorney said he stands by his story and that Brazil is doing this to deflect criticism of problems at the Rio games.