The Ryan Lochte saga

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Aug 19, 2016 12:48 PM GMT
    Does it make any sense that the Olympic swimmer made up a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio? As details have now come out and it seems it was made up, I have to wonder why he would do that? He's is totally discredited and may lose very lucrative endorsement deals because of it. Doesn't make sense. Interestingly, he made a fast exit from Brazil back to the U.S., but the other swimmers didn't, and had their passports seized. I just read this morning that swimmer Jimmy Feigen agreed to pay almost $11,000 to authorities to get his passport back and have the case closed.


  • bro4bro

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    Aug 19, 2016 11:10 PM GMT
    Why did he make up the story? Obviously to cover up the fact that he was caught doing something stupid and wrong - specifically, vandalizing a gas station restroom (can someone say "trailer park"?).

    This isn't the first time American Olympic athletes have ended up in trouble with the local police. At Seoul in 1988, two gold medal swimmers were arrested trying to steal a piece of wall decor from a hotel bar.

    Why is it always swimmers? Because the swimming events are finished after the first week of the Games. Once an athlete finishes competing, it's party time - and anyone serious about swimming in the Olympics probably hasn't tasted beer in over a year.

    While it's then understandable that an athlete in that situation would need to blow off a considerable amount of steam, it's certainly no excuse. Lochte isn't some drunken frat boy - he's 32, for Christ's sake. He has a history of "badboy" behavior that he hasn't seemed to grow out of yet. And he wasted no time in getting the hell out of Rio and leaving his three accomplices hanging.

    Maybe things would go a whole lot better for him if he'd just come out and quit playing these stupid games. It's the 21st century, Ryan; no one gives a shit that you're gay.

    Writing from Rio, by the way.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 20, 2016 12:06 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidWhy did he make up the story? Obviously to cover up the fact that he was caught doing something stupid and wrong - specifically, vandalizing a gas station restroom (can someone say "trailer park"?).

    This isn't the first time American Olympic athletes have ended up in trouble with the local police. At Seoul in 1988, two gold medal swimmers were arrested trying to steal a piece of wall decor from a hotel bar.

    Why is it always swimmers? Because the swimming events are finished after the first week of the Games. Once an athlete finishes competing, it's party time - and anyone serious about swimming in the Olympics probably hasn't tasted beer in over a year.

    While it's then understandable that an athlete in that situation would need to blow off a considerable amount of steam, it's certainly no excuse. Lochte isn't some drunken frat boy - he's 32, for Christ's sake. He has a history of "badboy" behavior that he hasn't seemed to grow out of yet. And he wasted no time in getting the hell out of Rio and leaving his three accomplices hanging.

    Maybe things would go a whole lot better for him if he'd just come out and quit playing these stupid games. It's the 21st century, Ryan; no one gives a shit that you're gay.

    Writing from Rio, by the way.
    Just watch out for flying bullets and gang members.

    On a more serious note, Ryan Lochte needs to face the harsh reality that he is no longer a teenager and start acting his age. It is one thing to be youthful and full of energy but acting like he is still 16 or 17 is totally inexcusable. He has lost all credibility as far as I am concerned. Everybody along with the corporate mainstream media were beating up on Michael Phelps over his bong hits and his DUI but I don't see Phelps acting like an irresponsible, little kid like this guy is doing. Phelps has taken his hard knocks and has learned and matured from them where Ryan Lochte shows no signs of growing up.
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    Aug 20, 2016 12:35 AM GMT
    Lochte is pretty dim, maybe he can claim a mental disability.
  • leanandclean

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    Aug 20, 2016 1:01 PM GMT
    "Maybe things would go a whole lot better for him if he'd just come out and quit playing these stupid games. It's the 21st century, Ryan; no one gives a shit that you're gay."

    I had not heard that he was gay.
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    Aug 20, 2016 2:53 PM GMT
    A shame the Brazilians didn't throw his ass in jail.

    Clearly another shining example of white privilege. Had this been done by anyone black, I bet my last dollar President Obama would have even been asked to comment.

    I blame Obama for this thug
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Aug 26, 2016 12:09 AM GMT
    This story continues to fascinate me, I guess because I wonder why someone like Ryan Lochte, who had so much to lose, would act so irresponsibly. This week, he lost 4 lucrative endorsement deals, and the Rio police are recommending charges. Another article I saw today said he is joining the Dancing With The Stars TV show this season!