Ryan Lochte Girlfriend: Kayla Rae Reid Defends Swimmer Amid Olympics Controversy [PHOTO, VIDEO]

By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Aug 19, 2016 03:56 PM EDT
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Ryan Lochte may have drawn the ire of multiple countries, but his girlfriend still has his back.

The Olympic swimmer is the source of much frustration after his crazy "robbery" story in Brazil proved to be a fabrication.

While the details remain unclear, the latest news seems to point to Lochte and his fellow swimmers being very drunk and getting into an altercation with a gas station manager and security after knocking a bathroom door down and urinating everywhere.

There appears to be some truth to the story of Lochte's wallet being taken at gunpoint, but there was much more to the gas station fiasco than he had let on.

For her part, Lochte's girlfriend is staying loyal to the Team USA swimmer.

Kayla Rae Reid, a Playboy playmate who turned heads upon arriving to the Olympics alongside the swimmer, took to Instagram to post a defense of her embattled boyfriend:

A photo posted by KAYLA RAE REID (@kaylaraereid) on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:20am PDT

Lochte released a lengthy statement and apology on his Instagram page after staying silent about the incident:

A photo posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:11am PDT

The bottom line is that Lochte definitely made a huge mistake by trying to cover up the story, and it's become a sideshow distraction, taking the focus away from the Rio Olympic Games.

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