Brazil Orders Seizure Of Ryan Lochte’s Passport Over “False Claims He Was Robbed”
Over the weekend, a surprising – and confusing – story emerged out of the Rio Olympics, when US olympic gold medal winner Ryan Lochte said he had been robbed at gunpoint by Brazilian police, something the International Olympic Committee fervently denied.
As Lochte said in an NBC interview, “We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police ba – READ MOREdge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte said. “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.”
The confusing situation left us wondering “who is lying here – Lochte’s mother or the IOC… and why.”
While we still don’t know the answer, the latest bizarre development in this saga took place moments ago when an order was made to seize American swimmer Ryan Lochte’s passport by Brazilian authorities after claims he “lied about being robbed” according to the Mirror.
The Mirror also adds that there was also a warrant issued for search and seizure to the Olympic Village, where passports would be seized. However it is thought that the swimmers have already have left the country.
“There was no effort to detain anyone, but police did have further questions this a.m. It is a matter for our consulate and U.S. citizen services and we will continue to cooperate with all involved,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement amid reports Wednesday that arrest warrants were issued for the swimmers. – READ MORE