Ryan Lochte confirms he was robbed at gunpoint by people posing as armed police in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP/Sinclair Broadcast Group) — US Olympic officials now confirm Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers were robbed by people posing as armed police.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams originally stated that reports were "absolutely not true," despite stories in two outlets citing his mother.
NBC News reported the olympian confirmed the news that he and three other swimmers were held up in a taxi Saturday night in Rio.
USA Today and Fox Sports Australia both said Lochte was robbed and had his wallet stolen.
According to Access Hollywood, Lochte told Billy Bush, ""We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, 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.'"
The 32-year-old Lochte swam in two events at the Rio Games, winning gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.