US swimmers scandal: US Olympic Committee apologizes for swimmer's behavior

15:26 Aug. 19, 2016

US Olympic Committee apologizes for swimmer's behavior

U.S Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz (L) and Jack Conger (R) are mobbed by the media and onlookers while leaving the police station after questioning August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (Getty Images)

Two US swimmers were allowed to leave Brazil after admitting their false allegations, the robbery story was a complete lie.

The United States Olympic Committee has apologised for the conduct of four US swimmers involved in an incident at a petrol station in Rio.

Two of the four, Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, claimed the group was robbed at gunpoint after their taxi was stopped. But CCTV footage appears to prove that their story is a complete hoax after it captured the swimmers vandalising the petrol station and arguing with its staff.

"The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members," the USOC said in a statement. "We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States."

Ryan Lochte, the most outspoken about the alleged robbery, was already in the US when the scandal erupted. On Friday, Brazilian police let two other swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, leave the country. 

However, James Feigen is still in Brazil for having agreed to pay a charity in around USD 11,000 in hopes to settle his part of the robbery scandal.

Brazilian police warned that the swimmers, who had repeatedly changed their accounts of what happened, could be charged with vandalism and false testimony.

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