A preview of Matt Lauer’s interview with Ryan Lochte about the Rio de Janeiro robbery incident aired Saturday on NBC Nightly News, and the Olympic swimmer is owning up to his “immature behavior.”
During their chat (shown in the video below), Lauer confronted Lochte on the two versions of the story. The athlete initially claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint at a gas station with fellow swimmers Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger. Following a police investigation, a different story involving drunken antics and vandalism emerged.
“It’s how you want to make it look like,” Lochte began. “Whether you call it a robbery or whether you call it extortion or us paying just for the damages, we don’t know. All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money.”
After Lauer called him out, citing Bentz’s statement to the police about a man who came along to help translate, Lochte was more apologetic.
“That’s why I’m taking full responsibility for it,” he said. “It’s because I over-exaggerated that story, and if I’d never done that, we wouldn’t be in this mess. Those guys would never be in Rio, or were in Rio. None of this would’ve happened, and it was my immature behavior…”
Watch the preview from the interview below.
More of Lauer’s chat with Lochte will air Monday on Today.