Sorry Matt Lauer, but you can’t have a “Negotiation” when a Gun is pointed at your head.


August 21, 2016 by gregrabidoux2013

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I liked him more when he had a swim cap and goggles on his head


First, the obvious.

A famous, iconic Men’s swimmer not named Michael Phelps got drunk and did and later said some things that he regrets now. I mean, really, truly regrets. For lots of reasons.

By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock and only came up briefly to watch, say, the USWNT in basketball pound a gritty Spain for the Gold or the Women’s track team dominate nearly every event, you know what I know-

That Ryan Lochte, the “other” Golden Boy of US men’s swimming, he of 12 Gold Medals, screwed up. And unfortunately for him, his teammates, his family, friends and anyone else who’s been paying attention, he messed up on a world stage.

Okay. Here’s what we know at this point and it’s a lot clearer and more than we knew the last 3-4 days or so.

Ryan Lochte, Gunnnar Bentz, Jimmy Feigen and Jack Conger went out for a night “on the town” in Rio on the famed Copacabana strip to celebrate as all the swimming events had been completed for good earlier that day.

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Beauty and the Booze


They partied. They laughed. They drank. Way too much of the latter.

About 4:30 in the morning on their way back they had their cab driver stop at a gas station so they could relieve themselves (as to why, see above statement about the way too much mojitos imbibed). At this point it seems they could not get into a locked bathroom or were denied access. So, at least two of the swimmers did what about anyone who has ever been to an outdoor concert does when the lines back up to the like, 2 porta-potties available do, they urinated in some bushes in an adjacent alley to the station. And, for good measure, it now seems that one of the swimmers, Ryan Lochte, pulled down a metal frame that held a poster and broke a soap dispenser and possibly (this one’s still disputed) a mirror in one of the bathrooms which apparently was opened at some point and at least Mr. Lochte went inside.

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Despite the damage this bathroom is still cleaner than most pit stops along I-75 back home


The swimmers are then confronted by at least one station manager who is none too thrilled about the vandalism. The swimmers, who appear and by their own admission, are intoxicated, brush by the employees and get back into their cab to return to the Olympic Village.

Shortly after and before the cab could depart, their cab is approached by security men armed with guns who at gunpoint, order the swimmers out of the car and instruct them to sit down at the curb. At least two of the athletes, Ryan and Jack raise their arms as if being captured or arrested.

After some heated words between at least on of the armed security guards and Lochte, the American swimmers, perhaps aided by a customer who spoke at least some English along with Portuguese, got the gist of what the guards were demanding-pay money for what you broke or (and this is where it again gets dicey) the cops will be called and things will get worse or things will get worse even if we don’t call the cops.

The Americans coughed up (okay bad choice of words when you are drunk), shelled out about $50 US dollars (a $20 dollar bill and 100 reals).

The armed guards then let them go.

And you probably know the rest.

Ryan Lochte tells NBC tv host Billy Bush that he and the other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint and they were “victims.

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When not stirring  his own Mojito, Al “Justice will be served” Roker wants Lochte’s head on a platter


This sets of a firestorm of controversy and outrage, in no small part because of Rio’s well-deserved reputation for being an equal parts glamorous, cosmopolitan, seductive beach city on a grand global scale along with suffering rampant street crime, kidnapping and a degree of corruption that would shock most Americans silly.

Now, Ryan got out of Rio faster than even his best time in the men’s freestyle 100 meters. In other words, he was home safe watching the storm he set unfold while his teammates were taken off their return flight and one was detained after being a no-show to the Rio airport.

Lengthy interrogations ensued, a judge ordered them to surrender their passports and Ryan for the most part was sticking to his story while comforted by the safety of being at home in the good old US of A.

Now, finally, all 3 other swimmers are back stateside having provided statements that refuted Lochte’s initial claims. One, Jimmy Feigen “voluntariy” paid nearly $11,000 US dollars to an unnamed Rio charity to avoid any prosecution for making an allegedly false statement to Rio police previously. Lochte has now gone once again in front of NBC cameras, this time to that truth-seeking newshound Matt Lauer to “come clean.”

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Matt claims this is the millennial generation’s Watergate. The “Lochtegate.”


Lochte says he is deeply sorry regrets it all, asserts there are many ways once can look at the events that night and believes that given time and another chance he can and will redeem himself, repair damage to his legacy and reputation and not have this “one night define his life.”

Matt Lauer,who has been ducking questions lately about his own marital infidelities, insisted to Ryan that there was certainly no robbery and that the event really was just “a negotiation…striking a deal to pay for the damage they caused.”

At this point, and after what seemed like the 10th time Lochte apologized for his “over-exaggerations,” letting down children everywhere and his “immature behavior” I had seen and heard enough.

But not for why you think and not from whom you think.

I had seen and heard enough from Matt Lauer and Al Roker and the CNN commentator who said that Lochte “betrayed us all on an epic scale” and seemingly every one in the US media over the past week. They’ve all been so busy spanking, chiding and being ashamed of Ryan Lochte that they have failed to raise what I see are some other legitimate questions and issues-

Namely, am I the only one who is concerned and disturbed that armed security guys pointed guns at 4 intoxicated American athletes and demanded money on the spot for restitution?

Is this okay? Is this common practice in Rio?

I’ve not been in such a situation but it sure sounds like a forced shake-down to me.

Maybe the next time I get a fender-bender I’ll try that on the other driver and see if I can get some quick cash.

And what about the $11,000 “donation” by James Feigen in exchange for his passport and freedom? I understand that this is apparently lawful in Rio but if we are going to shame, chide, and “flog” these swimmers in American media for their behavior by our standards then it seems we should raise some eyebrows at least about this practice. Track that money Jimmy and I’ll bet you find it ain’t going to widows and orphans or the poor of Brazil. I hope I’m wrong on that count.

Look, I’m not condoning Lochte’s behavior or that of his teammates. Stupid, immature and in Ryan’s words “drunk frat boy” actions. No doubt.


Let’s all keep this in perspective. Tearing down a poster-frame, breaking a soap dispenser. Making a false claim. Exaggerating and lying about it to avoid stating the not so pleasant truth. Misdemeanor stuff. Bad, shameful, embarrassing stuff. But only to a point.

Another former athlete, a super bowl champ, Darren Sharper, was just sentenced to 18 years in prison for drugging and raping over a dozen women in several states. Felony stuff. Serious. And he was fully sober.

So, yeah, do I think Lochte is many of the things that so many on social media are accusing him of being, like privileged, spoiled, immature (especially for his age, c’mon, he’s 31!) a typical “rude American abroad”-yeah. At least for part of a drunken night and one early morning.

But enough. A serious criminal that we should shun forver and a day? No.

Held at gunpoint, forced out of a cab, and demanded money while a gun is pointed at you. And threatened with who knows what else in a language you don’t understand. With no cops in sight. With a busted soap dispenser in your wake.

Does anyone else not think there’s shameful if not illegal behavior on the “other side” as well?

Let’s be honest here. This is as much about a city desperate to repair its global image that has been taking a beating throughout these games due to crime, Zika disease, polluted water, green swimming pools and street crime as it is about the dumb, drunken behavior of 4 famous American athletes who picked the wrong time and place to act like the world is one big frat house. These games cost Brazil $12 billion it didn’t have, while its president Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment and its interim VP Michel Temer is so unpopular he’s skipping the closing ceremonies to avoid being booed lustily all the while its average per capita hovers under $8,000 a year.

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I’m no Olympic diver but should that pool really be a bright shade of green?


So yeah, Lochte and his merry band of waterlogged swimmers hit a national nerve.

But Matt Lauer, sorry, one of the first things you learn in law school is there’s no lawful negotiation when the other guy is pointing a gun at you and making demands. That’s called armed extortion.

Time to turn the page and put the spotlight back where it should be-all the rest of the Olympic athletes and the wonderful performances and memories they’ve given us.

Bolt. Phelps. Biles. Jorgensen. Rupp. The two runners who helped each other up when both were knocked out of medal contention.

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Breathtaking Biles. And she got to kiss Zach Efron. A dream Olympics for her.


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The greatest ever?


ryan lochte gwen j

The pride of Wisconsin now our national treasure.


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Olympic spirit. More of that please.


And the sooner NBC can do that the better I know I’ll start to feel. Lochte doesn’t deserve one moment more in the spotlight.

One last thing. There is still talk about Brazil wanting Lochte to be extradited to face “full prosecution.” Wow. That must be some super soap dispenser.

The only thing I want to see Lochte do now is cut a check for about $12,000 to his buddy Jimmy Feigen who proved himself to be one of the most loyal teammates in and especially out of the pool you’d ever want covering your own sorry behind.










41 thoughts on “Sorry Matt Lauer, but you can’t have a “Negotiation” when a Gun is pointed at your head.

  1. Tim J. H. says:

    I fully agree!!! I am already sick of the Lochtegate…enough, Let’s move on, and no way we let him get extradited that’s a bunch of BS

  2. Kenny D says:

    If Ryan and the other drunk fools were black though I wonder how many would feel?? He’s just a white privileged athlete.

    • India Wilcox says:


      I agree with you, this is the first thing I could think of! If these athletes were black, I wonder how many people would say ” they are just frat boys having fun”. I do not agree with the way these guys were treated with guns pointed at their heads and I do not agree with the extortion. My difference in opinion is not their race, I don’t care if they are black, white or Asian, I just wish that in America, individuals can be judged by the same measures no matter their race.

  3. Kershwanda K says:

    Ryan is not out of the woods yet…looks like the USOC will take action plus he’ll lose $$$ sponsors for being stupid, drunk and dumb. Serves him right. I don’t care what color he is, I’d feel the same way.

  4. Dana H K says:

    Dr. R you are the only one I have seen so far actually say “enough is enough” and raise concerns about the Braziliian’s behavior at the station. Now, USAToday Sports seems to agree with you. They sent a journalist and videographer there and guess what-they found NO VANDALISM and another Rio Judge says no cooperation in making the security guards with the guns available for questioning nor other security tapes from different angles available. WTH?? Agree, Lochte was an idiot but that ain’t the whole story

  5. A. Hughes says:

    I’ve heard news tidbits about this but haven’t been following it closely but based on the little I do know and this blog, I’m with ya! The swimmers made a mistake but hey, should they be chastised for life? No, absolutely not. After hearing about this I thought about Michael Phelps and the time he got caught smoking pot, but all forgiven and forgotten (which it’s the way it should be) he’s back in the game! (Of course media outlets made a skeptical of Phelps situation before all said and done too.)

    On a different note, going to a different country is not the time to lose one’s head. Even if the country is developed, it’s not a good idea to “frat” it up. Hey, I like to drink but the one time I was out of country I had a one drink max. I wanted to be able to get home, be aware of my surroundings, and remember my trip. (Also, it didn’t help my dad made me sit and watch the movie Taken before my trip to Greece. I was paranoid the whole time, thanks Dad, ha!)

    There’s this TED Talk where I think Jon Ronson, although talking about social media, says it best and can be applied to all media, “Maybe there’s two types of people in the world: those people who favor humans over ideology, and those people who favor ideology over humans. I favor humans over ideology, but right now, the ideologues are winning, and they’re creating a stage for constant artificial high dramas where everybody’s either a magnificent hero or a sickening villain, even though we know that’s not true about our fellow humans. What’s true is that we are clever and stupid; what’s true is that we’re grey areas.”

    • If I had watched “Taken” even numbers 2 and 3 before traveling I would have stayed at home with doors locked, curtains drawn and lights on!!

      Good point…though one of the great instant classic lines “I have some particular skills and talents, which I will not hesitate to use..”

    • Harry Nelson says:

      Planes landing at airports doesn’t sell papers and according to David St. Hubbins, “[t]here’s a fine line between clever and stupid (Spinal Tap).”

  6. Lindsey Bettis Jones says:

    I had not even thought about this perspective at all. First, I think that what Lotche did wrong was be dishonest from the beginning and he handled the situation poorly. However, I do think that it was not okay and uneccesary as to how the security guard handled the situation. Most security guards here do not normally carry a gun from what I have seen and it’s concerning that one is needed at a gas station. I think it was uncalled for in the way he held them at gun point and demanded money. Here, the police would have been called it and handled that way. I think that you have raised excellent concerns as to how the ever so wonderful media has covered the story. And unfortunately, all the other Olympic achievements have been overlooked. And you are right when you talk about other athelets. Other times when pro atheletes are accused of crimes such as rape or domestic violence, society is quick to make an accuse or blame them victim. Here we have a drunk idiot and people want to persecute him. It is all too ridiculous.

    • Amy W says:

      And now it comes out that the Brazilians wanted Feigen ti pay like $40,000 for his freedom! He didn’t do anything, he says none of them even went into the bathroom, they urinated behind a bush and ripped a poster frame in an alley and for this the media and idiots like Al Roker and Lauer go crazy against these guys?? WHAT?? this is BS.

  7. Harry Nelson says:

    Had they all been caned like Michael Fay then this would be over with by now – plus way more entertaining. I bet they won’t break anyone’s stuff anymore. I have to say this is a fail for Rio – their citizens acted out of ignorance and based on the information above it appears that their government is uncoordinated in the whole affair. Otherwise it might be a concerted effort to scare the crap out of those guys. One day Weird Al will sing of this 🙂

  8. IWilcox says:

    When you are in a position of role model you have to be careful how you present your image because kids are looking up to you and they feel because you made certain choices that it is ok for them to make the same choices. Also when you go to other countries, they have different rules than the United States. Here in the United States some things are a little more acceptable than in other countries. I think the swimmers may not have realized the Brazilians didn’t take lightly the vandalizing of their property and this is not something you can just randomly do when you’re inebriated. I feel bad for Lochte and hopefully he will learn from this mistake.

    • lexislloyd says:

      Great point! Children are easily influenced by the actions of others. Celebrities and professional athletes tend to serve as a role model for kids. It is important that the people in the media display the right conduct and behavior because kids are likely to duplicate the behavior that they see. It is pretty disappointing that someone like Ryan Lochte made such a poor decision. Each situation must be handled properly and the media shows that the this didn’t quite happen. It is significant that each individual takes responsibility for their actions and now I think it is time for Lochte to prove himself and set a better example.

  9. India Wilcox says:

    When you are in a position of role model you have to be careful how you present your image because kids are looking up to you and they feel because you made certain choices that it is ok for them to make the same choices. Also when you go to other countries, they have different rules than the United States. Here in the United States some things are a little more acceptable than in other countries. I think the swimmers may not have realized the Brazilians didn’t take lightly the vandalizing of their property and this is not something you can just randomly do when you’re inebriated. I feel bad for Lochte and hopefully he will learn from this mistake.

    • Angel Maxwell says:

      I believe Uncle Ben (spiderman reference) had said it best, “with great power, comes great responsibility”. Apparently men such as Ryan didn’t have as many role models as Peter Parker. I’d like to say we all are only human but at age 31 your moral compass has ran its course and if you haven’t at this point learned to take ownership for your actions. I believe it does not come down to how Brazil addresses the matter, but rather how the US of A responds to the actions of those who choose to abuse their American duties for “drunk frat boy” shenanigans.

      • Amy W says:

        Angel-now we find out that the Rio “officials” wanted to extort about $45,000 USD from feigen or no passport. Really??? That’s a lot of cash for 3 guys urinating in bushes in an alley and one pulling a poster down. Give me a break. Enough. The real corrupt ones are Rio officials.

  10. Nathan D. says:

    I found this story to be very interesting. I was shocked after hearing that Lochte lied about the events in Rio and with the swimmers confrontation with security. I was even further disappointed on how some of the media tried to justify Lochte childish behavior. They compared his behavior to that of a frat boy having fun. Lochte is an adult who should be held completely accountable for his actions. Do I think we should be discussing his behavior for weeks on end, absolutely not. Unfortunately we live in a country where the media chooses to make irrelevant issues a priority, while a lot more news worthy events get less attention.
    I think the investigation should have been handled more professionally on Rios part. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that their handling of the situation would come into question due to their reputation of corruption.

    Regardless of the allegations made against Lochte and the other swimmers, I don’t believe he should be extradited for misdemeanor offenses. When we look at the entire situation objectively, right is right and wrong is wrong. It’s obvious that he was hiding something because he lied about the events.

    We can speculate over many different reasons why he did what he did or felt comfortable doing it, but that doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day his behavior was unacceptable.
    He was in another country representing the USA and he should have been more mindful. His behavior was nothing short of disgraceful. When you are a public figure and you are representing an entire nation, you are held at a higher standard. His immaturity, lack of respect, and sense of entitlement got him in trouble.

    When any of us travel outside of the country, you are a guest in their country. We are not protected by the same laws as we would be in the US, which means you need to be on your best behavior. No exceptions because of your race, religion, gender, or nationality.
    Regardless of how you want to look at it, if they were conducting themselves appropriately, that incident would have never occurred. They brought this upon themselves and I believe Lochte deserve whatever bad press he is getting. It’s not uncommon for an athlete to lose endorsements when they misrepresent themselves or their sponsors. I hope this will be a lesson to others.

  11. Susan Hacker says:

    Hi Harry!

    I was just about to mention Michael Fay. Good call! Here is an article I found that re-caps that story really well, for anybody who has forgotten the details (or, I shudder to say, is too young to even know about it):

    What I find striking is how differently Americans as a whole are reacting this story, in comparison to the Michael Fay story. The only real differences I see is that, this time, our sweet and stupid Americans abroad are old enough to know better and they are not being beaten with canes as punishment. Aside from that, this story really sounds like the Michael Fay saga all over again. Yes, it would be nice if Americans would act with some decorum in other countries. But what happened to having the punishment fit the crime? Even if they can committed vandalism, why is it acceptable to demand payment with guns drawn while speaking in a language that you should realize these guys cannot understand? Way to escalate a situation unnecessarily.

    There is something deeply wrong in Brazil, which became painfully obvious to anyone who was paying attention to the protests over Rio hosting the Olympic Games in the first place. Why aren’t we talking about that anymore, if we ever were? Why are we choosing to chastise our fellow American citizens on an international stage? I miss the days when America would defend the treatment of its citizens at the hands of foreign governments. We were so supportive of poor Michael Fay. Why can’t we share some of that charity with our swimming team, too? I am thinking they have learned their lesson. It’s time to give them a break.

  12. Kade Bell says:

    I am also disturbed that the “armed security” was allowed to hold the swimmers at gun point and demand money from them and the $11,000 “voluntary” donation. Ryan Lochte and the other swimmers made a mistake but I also believe that the Rio Officials were in the wrong. The news outlets have made this story bigger than it needs to be.

  13. Connor S says:

    I don’t understand why this is still an issue. Yes, clearly there are major ethical concerns on both sides of the issue, but this doesn’t mean that we have to continue to feed the flame. There are so many other issues that are of greater importance for this nation. For example, the presidential election….Shouldn’t we be more concerned that we are about to vote in a two faced lier or the country’s jest into the oval office?

  14. Mynisha Carter says:

    I agree with many of you all there is too many other white boy privileged situations that can be spoken about then Lochte. How about the now 3 different boys whom have each been charged and found guilty of rapping women but then are not given prison time but probation of all things. For check this out it would prevent them from having successful lives and are not bad people but just made dumb mistakes. But yet we as society are jumping down these swimmers throats for lying and using their white privilege that the United States on a constant condone and advocate, internationally while under a microscope. Its then an issue. No be outraged and upset about the John Enochs and Brock Turner of the world. Who rape not one but two women on campus with the footage to show but are yet using their white privilege to go free.

    • Amy G says:

      this idea of white privilege you keep pounding on is a load of nothing. He was privileged because he devoted his life to sports and swimming and became a champion? Because he and his buddies were refused access to a bathroom? because they were held at gunpoint and extorted? and later extorted again to get their passport? stop me when white privilege kicks in. Let ne guess black dudes never lie to try and get out of a situation when they get jammed up or get scared? give me a break

    • Kyle Rudrow says:

      Mynisha, there are black people who have been gunned down in the streets of US cities for quite literally doing nothing. Meanwhile, these individuals cause an international incident and walk away virtually unscathed. I don’t know for a fact this outcome in particular was a result of white privilege, but it has certainly crossed my mind.

  15. Kyle Rudrow says:

    I do think the media coverage has been overkill. Anybody who has traveled knows this type of behavior is, unfortunately, quite common among travelers. Travelers often consider these types of events as one big party. I think what they did was horrible and reflected poorly on the US team, but it doesn’t deserve the attention it has received. I also don’t believe it is something that should effect their professional careers. They should admit wrong doing, accept any appropriate punishment (which they have already done), and move on. More importantly, they should learn from their mistakes. Not every country’s justice system functions the same as the US. It should be traveler’s burden to familiarize themselves with the laws and customs of the host country. The 11,000 dollar “donation” reminds me of some of the laws in China. In China, the police usually do not want to get involved in small scale, personal or property conflicts. Instead, they typically prefer to act as a mediator. What typically happens is that the accuser determines a price that “settles” the conflict and then negotiates back and forth until they are satisfied. There is no “innocent until proven guilty.” And you hear of stories where local authorities take possession of passports until there is a compromise. Meaning that travelers sometimes are completely stuck, even without legal representation, until the person or businesses who accused them of a crime feel content. Sometimes, nationals are quite aware of this vulnerability and are willing to squeeze out as much money as possible. Although, by western standards this is deplorable, one should be familiar with such a legal system when traveling, be humble and mindful of other country’s laws when visiting, and use common sense.

  16. Antonio A. says:

    I sort of understand where you are coming from, as far as like the situation being extorted, however, from my understanding he volunteered this information. Now, I will say that it is very possible that the authorities in Rio were not acting in an upstanding way, however, I do not like how many individuals condemned the behavior as boys being boys. I think that this is a perfect example of white privilege. If you recall, many individuals were basically crucifying Gabby Douglas for not putting her hand over her heart for the playing of the National Anthem. I think that it is very ludicrous how individuals can pick and misconstrue wrong from being right (Lochte), then be a hypocrite when someone is expressing their right to their own feelings (Douglas). I just think that this is definitely a slippery slope.

  17. Chardonnay Watson says:

    Again, celebrities/pro athletes are not exempt from scrutiny or having to make judgement calls. Overall, Ryan made the wrong choice and I am over the whole situation. He lied and then the truth later came out. Do I feel like he should have more done to him, ummm I can not honestly say. But I can understand where everyone is coming from on this post.

  18. Ashley Crews says:

    I really enjoyed A. Hughes comment on this topic especially about the Ted Talk. I also had not heard much about this story. I knew it happened and I moved on with my life. These kinds of stories, right or wrong, are one of the reasons I decided to stop watching the news. Ignorance is bliss. I understand it’s also ignorant, but there are so many other ways to get information instead of the very dramatic negativity that is faced when a news channel is on display.
    As Americans in the spot light there are enough challenges to face in our own country, much less that of another. These guys made a mistake. Things like this happen. Should there have been a lie about the incident, no. As human beings should they have been approached with drawn firearms and demanded to provide money, no. Could this situation have been handled better? Absolutely.
    Misery loves company, so why not put a bow on it and parade it around, because that’s exactly what happens in the news.

  19. Clint Backstrom says:

    I could not agree with this article more. Once the truth came out and I saw the video of the incident I had these same thoughts. Ryan and the gang were definitely out of line and should have been not only have been punished in Brazil, but also here at home as well. With that said, albeit I might be jaded American, the show of force outweighed the dumb actions of the swimmers. Armed guards at a gas station, really? Then, ordering them out of a cab at gunpoint and demanding money while still at gunpoint. This seems excessive. Why could they have not been handcuffed and arrested and jailed and been given a court appearance? For a country such as Brazil who is trying to host the world to act this way to outsiders does not scream hospitality. Beyond that Ryan Lochte should be ashamed that he and his band of misfits’ lack of maturity and discipline have caused the spotlight to be taken away from the athletes that have worked so hard and are representing America the way it should be shown.

  20. MMiller says:

    Rio should be more concerned with all of their problems instead of trying to put the spotlight on these athletics. I want to stress their actions that night were anything but good, but it is not enough to press charges against any of them. I have never understood why many Americans wanted to travel to Rio. Based on my understanding, it has always been full of crime and poverty.

    • yep, a beautiful but very troubled nation in many ways, crime, kidnapping INC., as a business and extreme poverty throughout. Agree, Ryan and his pals weren’t great role models that night but weren’t criminals from what I can see and when evidence came to light it seemed to show just how corrupt the Rip officials were and are.

  21. Taylor Anderson says:

    I think as Americans, we should not be worried about how another country handles their problems and worry about the athletes that are representing this country and what we stand for. How about we self-reflect and try to understand why Lochte thought it was okay to act the way he did. I think this issue can be resolved in the US by demanding more of athletes that represent us and raising the standard of character that we allow on our Olympic teams. Brazil has enough issues to deal with on their own. This issue is about our country and the attitude and philosophy that the millennial generation has adopted.

    • Briana Holloway says:

      I agree. One of the problems with America is that we spend to much time worried about another country that is hindering us from moving forward as country.

  22. scwoods23 says:

    Considering the fact that he is a role model, he should have known better

  23. April Brauda says:

    I fully agree with you here, and feel it is endemic to the commodification of news media. To get viewers to watch the ads that pay the bills you have to create controversy where there is none, and flog it to death where there is. This couldn’t have been showcased more than in the election coverage later in the year that wanted to focus entirely on Trump or Clinton’s various fiascoes instead of on the policies of the parties they represent.

  24. Gina Nolan says:

    I enjoy the Olympics games, and when I saw this particular blog and read the comments, it made me smile. I love the premise that the Olympians are young, immature and under a lot of pressure to perform at the games. I totally understand America’s concern about Rio Authorities displaying their weapons and demanding payment for minor damages. Certainly this was not the best course of action.
    America, the beautiful, I love you but as Americans, we have to admit our response to Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen, and Ryan Lochte (the 31-year-old ringleader) is one of privilege. We speak as if we somehow have a right to determine how other Countries exercise their authority. We speak as if other Countries must call our irresponsibility, “immaturity.” Sadly, I admit that I did not flinch when I heard Lochte’s report that U.S. Olympians were told to lie on the ground and the authorities had them at gunpoint. Why did I not flinch at this injustice to immature, young boys having fun? I guess it is because sadly as an American citizen, I have become desensitize to this type of authority.
    In the United States, average citizens can hold you at gunpoint for a citizen’s arrest, if your behavior is suspect. America, I was glad the guys didn’t get killed in the process of speaking out. I was happy that they had the option to pay $11,000 to get out of trouble without a scratch on their records. As Americans, we choose who can be immature. In this case, a 32-year old man can be immature, but according to Winnette (2011), a 5-year old Californian at a Stockton Elementary School does not get the immaturity pass and gets charged with battery for lashing out at a police officer and kicking him in the ankle (Californian 5-year-old handcuffed, p.1).
    America, let me share some instructions from my mother: “don’t embarrass me, always represent yourself in the best possible manner, obey authority, and be advised that at the point you understand right from wrong you are accountable for your actions”(the punishment should fit the crime). As Americans, we must do better abroad and at home. In this particular case, we don’t get the Gold!
    Winnette, R. (2011, November 25). Californian 5-year-ld handcuffed and charged with battery. Retrieved from

  25. dtturknett says:

    This story was one of the most annoying stories within the last couple of years to me. He made a mistake and eventually owned up to it. News outlets continued to talk about the situation and to a certain extent it seemed as if they were more focused on that than the actual olympic games taking place. Was Lochte a victim in this situation? No, but at some point we just have to move on from it. The Rio officials made this out to be a bigger deal than it actually was.

    • Just an FYI, a Rio Judge recently dismissed all charges against Ryan and issued an apology but it was hardly mentioned in our media. The juicy “ugly American abroad” was the story they wanted to print.

  26. Delane S says:

    Ha! Matt Lauer…. I’ll bet Ryan Lochte would like to interview him on national television right about now!!

    On a serious note, though, I truly feel the media outlets sensationalize certain things to distract us from other, truly serious issues. Where did fair reporting go? As a member of law enforcement, I was recently on a panel about law enforcement and the media (and I actually stayed quite composed through the whole thing). One of the media professionals mentioned that the only thing members of the media are truly held to was their own set of ethics…. I nearly laughed out loud. There is ZERO accountability. I love that the comment was added that the charges was dismissed. I’m glad you said it because I had not heard that! I’ll bet most people haven’t!

    Ryan made a mistake. He owned up to it… eventually. Let’s move on! And yes, Dr. R, I, too, am concerned about the way they were treated in Rio!

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