Miu Says: Kick Ryan Lochte Off of the U.S. Swimming Team
Matt Lauer sat down with US swimmer Ryan Lochte for an exclusive interview which aired Saturday night (Aug. 20, 2016) on during NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage. More of the interview aired this morning (Aug. 22, 2016) on Today.
Lochte told Lauer his behavior in Rio was “immature.” That is a huge understatement.
The swimmer made up a story about being pulled over and robbed at gunpoint, then fled Brazil while leaving his teammates to deal with the police.
Lochte has never admitted that he lied. “It’s how you wanna make it look,” Lochte told Lauer. “Whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion, or us paying just for the damages, like, we don’t know. All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money.”
He again offered apologies in the new segment of his sit-down interview. “The people of Rio, or Brazil, the authorities, everyone there, they put on a great games,” Lochte said. “My immature, intoxicated behavior tarnished that a little.” The swimmer said he wanted Brazilians to know “how sorry I am and my deepest apologies.”
Lochte maintained he wasn’t “aggressive” during the incident, but that things became “heated.” Despite that, he insisted, “There was no reason for a gun to be pulled out for us for doing nothing.” Of his alleged vandalism, the athlete called the behavior “childish and immature,” but wouldn’t own up to all of the damages. “Like I said, I was very intoxicated. I don’t remember,” Lochte said about allegedly kicking the bathroom door.
Still, he acknowledged, “I’m embarrassed — for myself, my family, especially [my teammates], the USA swimming, the whole Olympic games, everyone watching.” The swimmer went on, “I was immature and I made a stupid mistake. I’m human. I made a mistake and I definitely learned from this.”
Lochte has lost his Speedo endorsement deal, with others sure to follow.
It all comes down to the fact that Lochte lied while representing the United States in the Olympic Games. He lied about multiple aspects of the story which was a result of his stupidity. He lied. Because of that he should be dropped from the United States Swimming Team. Do you agree? Can I get a jeah!?!