The strange saga of Ryan Lochte and the three swimmers who falsely claimed they were robbed in Rio took another turn on Thursday when authorities in Brazil indicted former Texas Longhorns swimmer Jimmy Feigen on charges of falsely reporting a crime.
Then NBC reported later in the evening that a police spokesperson said that two swimmers were not indicted.
The police in Rio had hinted at such a charge during a press conference earlier in the day.
“In theory, one or all of them might be charged for false communication of a crime and for damaging private assets, the gas station,” said Rio police chief Fernando Veloso. “I’m not saying that they are charged right now because of that. We have to finalize the investigation and in theory that could be the case. This is not really a — this kind of crime will not lead to their arrest.”
In the cases of Feigen and Lochte, who is now back in the United States, however, the alleged crime did result in an indictment.
Current Texas swimmer Jack Conger was with the group, but has not been indicted.
Here’s what actually happened:
AP quoted an unnamed source saying that Lochte, Conger, Bentz and former Longhorn Jimmy Feigen took a taxi to leave a party and go back to the athletes village early Sunday. They stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a Rio suburb where many of the Olympic venues are located, at about 6 a.m.. One of the swimmers was trying to open a bathroom door, but it was locked.
The swimmers pushed on the door, which broke it. They were then confronted by a security guard, who was armed, but never drew his gun. The gas station manager arrived and asked for the swimmers to pay for the damages. Another customer translated. The swimmers paid and left.
The real problems started when Lochte claimed that the four were pulled over in a taxi and robbed at gunpoint, a story that didn’t take long to unravel.
And now one former Longhorns swimmer is (maybe) under indictment as a result of the international incident. Or not.