Four members of the US Olympic Swimming Team, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte were robbed at gunpoint, Sunday morning, in Rio. They had gone out to a club, and on their way to the Olympic village, they were pulled over by what they initially assumed were police officers, that had flashed badges to the taxi driver.
They were asked to get out and get on the ground, so Ryan Lochte said that he refused to do so, since they’d done nothing wrong. That’s when the situation became extremely tense. “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 Olympic Committee initially denied that the incident had taken place, despite the fear of organized crime, prior to the Olympic games. The athletes had been promised that their safety would be a top priority.
All four of the athletes, thankfully, are safe and are cooperating with police, as best they can, considering that they were inebriated.
Lochte, has taken to Instagram to give a message of gratitude to his many fans. “I want to thank all of my family, friends, and fans for the overwhelming support and concern I have received today,” Lochte stated.
“…what is most important is that we are safe and unharmed. I am honored to have represented the U.S. here at the Rio Olympics and to win Gold for my country alongside my teammates,” he continued.
“Organized crime in Rio de Janeiro is controlled by major drug gangs,” reports the council of The Overseas Security Advisory Council, which is under the US State Department. “Low-level criminal activity continues to plague visitors and businesses alike. Drug dealing, petty theft and vehicle break-ins are common.”
Despite the organized crime plaguing Rio, the Olympic Games, for the most part have eluded the violence. Thankfully, our national athletes are safe, despite a terrifying scare, and hopefully, justice will be swiftly served on those responsible.
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