At the end of a night out in Rio de Janeiro, Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. men’s swimming teammates were held up at gunpoint and robbed of their belongings.
Lochte — along with Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen — were riding in a taxi on their way back to Olympic Village when they were stopped by “individuals posing as armed police officers,” the United States Olympic Committee said. The swimmers are cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Lochte recounts the incident, describing in detail how he resisted the robbers and wound up with a gun pointed at his head. The thieves took his wallet, but left his credentials and his phone.
“They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground,” he told TODAY’s Billy Bush. “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.’”
Lochte’s mother, Ileana, first confirmed news of the robbery hours after the incident on August 14.
“I think they’re all shaken up. There were a few of them,” Ileana Lochte told USA Today. “They just took their wallets and basically that was it.”