Swimmer Ryan Lochte made global headlines during the 2016 Olympics when he and his teammates said they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. Lochte claimed a gun was pointed at his head. However, conflicting testimony from witnesses ultimately led Lochte to admit that it was Not was the case. After the scandal, dubbed “Lochtegate” by the press, Lochte was banned from the competition for 10 months and lost all of its major advertising deals.
In an interview with Graham Bensinger, Lochte made it clear that aside from the one lie about the gun (which was aimed not at his head but at his chest from about 4 feet away) he was not fabricating any of the events and taking responsibility for his own Share in the scandal. He also shared how the ongoing backlash on “Lochtegate”
“The thing I hate most is that it happened during the Olympics and it took the stardom from the other athletes,” he said. “That took over. I came home and couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing my face there. I shouldn’t have been on social media and I did and I got death threats for being like you . ” I have to die, kill you, you are scum. ‘Just the worst of the worst. The thing that got me the most was little kids who said, “I looked up to you before and now I don’t.” That’s what made me do it. ”
Then, in 2018, Lochte faced Another Suspended, this time for 14 months after receiving an IV of B12, due to infusion volume exceeding USADA allowances. This led to another dark period for the athlete. “It was just one bad thing at a time and I was just on a spiral staircase that went down, down, down,” he said. “I always got in trouble, I drank too much, my head wasn’t in the right place … I thought if I keep going I will end up dead.”
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He added that there had been positives over the past four years, saying that he and then girlfriend Kayla Rae Reid may not have grown closer and married without the intense circumstances surrounding his situation at the 2016 Olympics. Lochte also credits the second suspension with the wake-up call he needed and sought help in rehab. “Everything happens for a reason,” he said.
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