Rio 2016: USA Swimming Team Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil
USA Swimming Team Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil – The US Olympic Committee has revealed that 4 American athletes have been robbed at gunpoint in Brazil.
USA Swimming Team Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil
The athletes, who belonged to the country’s swimming team, were Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen.
“Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings,” a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee said. “All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities.”
“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte said. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.
“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, “Get down,” and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”
The IOC has however denied the incident, with spokesperson Mark Adams saying the reports were “absolutely not true”.