WTF is going on with these US swimmers in Rio?
Considering the early confusion about the Lochte story - Lochte apparently told his mother but not the US Olympic reps or the police, and mom told reporters - one does wonder whether the "we wuz robbed!" story was just a cover for something else.
But a cover-up for what, and why the desire to invent a story? Lochte and his teammates are adults who were done with their Olympic competition, so they shouldn't have been subject to any training rules.
The obvious guess is that they were off looking for illicit entertainment or controlled substances, which would still be a "So what?" unless Lochte's mom asked for a few hundred bucks for a shopping spree and her devoted son had to explain why he had no cash. But still, why let a little white lie escalate like that?
PILING ON: OK, now there is a report that Brazilian police are looking at a new video:
Video shows U.S. swimmer breaking gas station door, fighting guard, per authorities
Which leads to new questions - why say anything that calls attention to their night out if this is true?
And why did they display the calm and relaxed demeanor on the tape showing them re-entering the Olympic Village? That behavior struck a Brazilian judge as inconsistent with a recent robbery, but isn't it also inconsistent with a recent brawl? Of course, they seem in that tape to have wallets and cellphones, which does leave one wondering what the robber or robbers were after.
Well. These Olympians are more accustomed to handling adrenaline surges than I am.
UPDATED: The police version, per their recent press conference:
RIO DE JANEIRO - A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.
The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.
He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen , stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried to open the door of an outside bathroom. It was locked.
A few of the swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it. A security guard appeared and confronted them, the official said.
The official says the guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers.
According to the official, the gas station manager then arrived. Using a customer to translate, the manager asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. After a discussion, they did pay him an unknown amount of money and then left.
The official says that swimmers Conger and Bentz, who were pulled off a plane going back to the United States late Wednesday, told police that the robbery story had been fabricated.
On the one hand, this sounds like a plausible drunken escapade. But to tell the police a different story later?!?