It’s now coming out that Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and his teammates lied about being robbed and held at gunpoint at a gas station in Rio. And he’ll likely get away with it due to his white privilege. Let’s discuss inside…
The Internet is abuzz with the latest news that Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint while stopping at a gas station in Rio.
Here’s what we know…
Ryan Lochte and his teammates were in a taxi where they stopped at a gas station to use the restroom. According to the police, they say one or more of them vandalized the restroom by peeing on the walls. A security guard arrived catching them in the act and he allegedly had a gun. It was reported the swimmers ended up paying for the damage (about $50) and left the scene before the police arrived. That’s when they made up the fake robbery story and returned to the Olympic Village with said wallets in their hands that they claimed were stolen.
Now, Lochte said he and his teammates had been pulled over by armed men where one of them put a gun against his head before demanding cash from his wallet. Two completely different stories.
Below is footage from the gas station's surveillance cameras:
As The Root points out, Ryan and his buddies will likely get off because of…white privilege.
This is white privilege’s version of patriotism.
Brazilian officials attempted to confiscate Lochte’s passport, but he had already hightailed it out of the country, leaving his teammates behind. And those teammates eventually fessed up to lying. I’m sure the thought of having to sit in a Brazilian jail for six months for filing a false police report isn’t sitting well with them.
So what will happen with Lochte? I’m guessing nothing.
Lochte seems more concerned about his hair than explaining why he lied.
According to the NY Times:
The judge who oversees the special court handling the case said the crime the athletes have been accused of — making false statements about a crime — “is not that serious.” He said it would not result in any time in prison if they were found guilty.
This morning, Ryan issued an apology where he basically blames the language barrier as the reason he lied. Whet?
— Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) August 19, 2016
What's even more uncanny is the statement released from the International Olympic Committee Statement from USOC simply calling Ryan and his teammates "kids" who should catch a break because they were simply having fun:
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 18, 2016
"I do not regret having apologized. No apologies from him or other athletes are needed. We have to understand that these kids came here to have fun. Let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes you make decisions that you later regret. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on.”
Mario Andrada, the Rio Committee's communications director also responded, accepting Ryan's apology:
"We obviously accept Lochte's apologies. However, we think the Brazilian people were hurt by their [swimmers] attitude. It was clear that much of the population felt humiliated by this false robbery claim and people worried that the image of Brazil was damaged by this incident, but, as we say in Brazil, 'A lie has got short legs.' And the population should be proud of our image around the world."
So, when Gabby Douglas doesn't place her hand over her heart during the National Anthem she's unpatriotic, but when Ryan and his teammates destroy a gas station in Rio and LIE about it they're just "kids having fun?" And y'all know if Ryan and his teammates were black all hell would broke loose.
SPEAK ON IT!