Ryan Lochte apologizes for Olympics scandal in new Matt Lauer interview
This year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro provided many examples of astounding athletic feats, but one of the biggest news stories took place off the field, when U.S. gold medalist Ryan Lochte and a few other swimmers got into trouble at a Rio gas station. Lochte and his teammates originally claimed they had been robbed at gunpoint, but later testimonies and security footage proved that they had been acting belligerent, and ordered by gas station security to pay for the damages they caused. On Monday morning, Today played some of Matt Lauer’s sit-down interview with Lochte about the incident.
“I’m taking full responsibility for it,” Lochte said. “It’s because I overexaggerated that story, and if I’d never done that, we wouldn’t be in this mess.”
Lochte also apologized to the people of Rio de Janeiro, saying they “put on a great games.” Lauer didn’t let him off easily, however; the Today host asked the swimmer how it felt to watch his teammates pulled off a plane in Rio while he was safe at home in the U.S.
“I’m just really sorry,” Lochte said. “I’m embarrassed for myself, my family, those guys, USA swimming, the Olympic games, everyone watching. I was immature and I made a stupid mistake. I’m human, I made a mistake, and I definitely learned from this.”
The story still isn’t quite over; U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said Lochte and the other swimmers could still face more discplinary action.
Watch the clip above.