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2 US Olympic swimmers arrive in Miami after Rio robbery scandal

Ryan Lochte apologizes for previous statements made about incident

MIAMI – Two U.S. Olympic swimmers arrived in Miami Friday morning after being questioned in Brazil about a robbery that teammate Ryan Lochte initially claimed they were a victim of.

Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were spotted walking into an Irish Pub at Miami International Airport after arriving from Rio de Janeiro.

They both boarded connecting flights later in the morning to their hometowns.

According to an attorney, the swimmers' teammate, James Feigen, who is still in Rio, agreed to pay $11,000 in restitution so that he may return home.

Lochte, who told reporters that he and his three teammates had been robbed in a taxi in Rio, returned to the U.S. earlier.

CNN reported Friday afternoon that Lochte will be suspended by the USA Swimming and U.S. Olympic committee.

Brazilian police said Lochte's story was a lie.

They said the men, while intoxicated, vandalized a gas station bathroom and were questioned by armed guards before they paid 100 Brazilian reals ($20) for the damage and left.

The men allegedly vandalized a mirror and sign, and urinated on the property.

Police said the officers likely used guns "to control" the men, but denied that a gun was put to Lochte’s head like he initially claimed.

The U.S. Olympic Committee CEO apologized for the incident after surveillance video surfaced, which shows the swimmers being confronted by security officers at the gas station.

"The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members," Scott Blackmun, the US Olympic Committee's CEO, said in a statement. "We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States.

"On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence."

Lochte also apologized for the incident on Friday, in a statement obtained by ABC News.

 


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