U.S. Olympic Committee denies report of Ryan Lochte suspension


Update 5:36 p.m.: Reuters has amended their original story to say CNN is denying reports of Lochte’s suspension, citing a U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman who said “it’s absolutely not true.” Our original post appears below.

Gold medal-winning U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte will be suspended by USA Swimming, the national governing body of competitive swimming, Reuters reports via CNN. He will also reportedly be suspended from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Lochte had claimed that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint during a taxi ride back to the Olympic compound. But his story quickly unraveled when security footage from a gas station showed the four being detained by armed security guards until they paid for damaging a bathroom.

After the security footage surfaced, the U.S. Olympic Committee admitted an act of vandalism had taken place and issued an official apology. Eventually, Lochte also apologized for his behavior via an Instagram post, saying he “should have been more responsible” in how he handled himself. Lochte’s U.S. teammate Jimmy Feigen agreed to pay a $10,800 fine to a Brazilian charity to avoid prosecution.

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