Sabato, 23 Settembre, 2017

This US Swimmer Has Been Charged Over False Robbery Claim!

Report: Rio police summon Ryan Lochte to hearing Lochte's presence is desired by Brazilian authorities
Elettra Stolfi | 01 Settembre, 2016, 04:28

Jeff Ostrow, Ryan Lochte's attorney, told CNN he has not heard from Brazilian authorities.

He was among four USA swimmers that initially claimed they had been robbed at gunpoint when returning to the Olympic Village, before closed circuit television footage emerged of the men vandalising a petrol station following a night out.

"They let down our athletes", USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said of Lochte and the three others.

Eventually, video footage from the gas station didn't show any robbery and it was revealed Lochte and his teammates Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz, and Jimmy Feigen were accused of vandalizing the station's bathroom and were confronted by security guards.

The tale humiliated first the Brazilian hosts of the Games and later Lochte's own Team USA when police contested his story.

Bentz and Conger were stopped by federal police from boarding a plane at Rio's worldwide airport on August 17. For the new swimmer's sponsors, Lochte simply made a mistake and we must move on, and in fact, the new campaign will be centered on forgiveness, despite the paternalism criticism expressed by some people.

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That and filing a false robbery report isn't an extraditable offense, meaning that Lochte can't be forced to go to Brazil for it.

Despite the charges brought against him and losing many of his major sponsors, including Speedo, things are looking up for the Olympic gold medalist.

He was the breakout star of the 2012 London Olympics, landing a short-lived reality TV series called "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?"

"Contrary to some earlier reports, the police say there was no physical violence between the swimmers and workers at the gas station who reportedly wouldn't let the Americans leave without paying for damages".

Lochte has since admitted that he was drunk and that his behaviour led to the confrontation.

If convicted of the charges, Lochte could face one to six months in jail, however the judge could choose to levy a fine instead.

The swimmer's spokeswoman, Melissa Nathan, said Lochte had no comment. The police said Lochte could decide whether to mount a defense, and he could be tried in absentia.

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