Ryan Lochte, Rio robbery controversy subject of interview with Matt Lauer
Ryan Lochte is ready to face the press. The Olympic swimmer has been embroiled in controversy after claiming to have been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, and he’ll now sit down for an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer to talk about the incident.
According to the network, the interview will air as part of NBC’s Saturday night primetime Olympic coverage at 8 p.m. ET, but NBC Nightly News will first show a preview of the sit-down alongside a streaming option on NBCOlympics.com. More will air on Monday, Aug. 22, on the Today show.
“Lauer and Lochte will discuss the events of the past week following the incident involving Lochte and fellow U.S. swimmers Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger,” NBC said in a statement.
Lochte claimed he and the previously mentioned athletes were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station early Sunday morning. Authorities investigated the incident, but found no evidence to support his story. Released security footage appeared to show the swimmers vandalizing the gas station, and police recommended charges be filed against Lochte for falsely reporting a crime.
Earlier in the week, Bentz and Conger were escorted off an airplane and detained for further questioning on the incident, though Lochte had already returned home to the U.S. The United States Olympic Committee, Lochte, and Bentz have since issued apologies, while Lochte’s lawyer maintains the incident was a robbery.
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