Ryan Lochte Robbery Lie: Twitter Reacts To Fabricated Story Leaking After Rio Olympic Games [VIDEO]
If only there were Olympic gold medals for Twitter creativity.
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has caused quite a stir amid reports he completely fabricated a story in which he claimed he and three other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint.
Brazilian police have claimed that Lochte manufactured an entire story about being robbed in Rio de Janeiro, likely as a cover-up for something else, according to The Associated Press.
He originally claimed that he was in a cab with other swimmers when men dressed as police officers demanded all of them to get on the ground and made off with the swimmer's wallet after placing a gun to his head.
Lochte's story was immediately denied by the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee. Lochte then changed the tale around in interviews, while now it's coming out that the whole thing is nothing more than a fabrication.
The officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Lochte and swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen stopped at a gas station and one of them attempted to open the bathroom door.
After they couldn't get it open, they broke the door down, leading to a confrontation with a security guard and, eventually, the gas station manager.
The security guard was armed, but didn't pull his weapon, according to the report, while the manager demanded the swimmers pay for the door. The Olympians reportedly paid an unspecified amount of money to the gas station manager. There are reports that there was a physical altercation and that Lochte and the other swimmers peed everywhere.
It's unknown why Lochte made up the whole robbery story. He went as far as lying to his mother about being robbed at gunpoint as well and it was Conger and Bentz who revealed the whole story was false.
As usual, Twitter is having a field day with the issue and here are some of the most gold medal-worthy tweets about the incident:
BREAKING: Video of Ryan Lochte making a hand gesture to his teammate after a police officer turned his back on him pic.twitter.com/g2SZa9qloj
— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) August 18, 2016
Hey @RyanLochte, why not swim on down to Arbys and piss all over our walls too? Everyone else here is. Enjoy Arbys — Nihilist Arby's (@nihilist_arbys) August 18, 2016
I can't believe Ryan Lochte lied to the police about his Twitter being verified.
— C.C.H. Poundhim (@samcorb) August 18, 2016
So Brian Williams, Lance Armstrong and Ryan Lochte walk into a bar... — Marc Istook (@MarcIstookNFL) August 18, 2016
Ryan Lochte to launch hedge fund.
— lvan the K™ (@IvanTheK) August 18, 2016
"Since I'm not a good enough swimmer to get attention, I'll just dye my hair and make up a story about getting robbed!" -@RyanLochte — Mark Hendrickson (@mark2328) August 18, 2016
ME [sitting in bed, reading]: someone called for you today..
RYAN LOCHTE [from under my bed]: did they sound Brazilian?
— huntigula (@huntigula) August 18, 2016