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Report: Lochte's teammates admitted robbery story was fabricated


Brazilian police officials aren't the only ones saying Ryan Lochte's claims of an armed robbery don't add up.

Fellow swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, Lochte's teammates who were with him on the morning in question - and were pulled off a flight before they could leave Rio Wednesday - admitted to police that Lochte's robbery story was a fabrication, the Associated Press reports.

Lochte initially said he was among a quartet of Americans who were robbed at gunpoint when thieves posing as local police stopped their taxi and demanded cash. That story didn't corroborate with the account from teammate Jimmy Feigen, however, and Lochte would go on to alter his version, telling NBC's Matt Lauer that the robbery took place after the group had stopped to use the bathroom at a gas station.

Brazilian authorities dispute the suggestion that a robbery of any kind took place.

Citing closed-circuit television video that was aired Thursday on Brazilian television, authorities say Lochte and his three teammates stopped at a gas station around 6 a.m. local time on Sunday morning. The group allegedly damaged a bathroom door and had a confrontation with gas station security.

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The video, broadcast on Globo TV, shows the four men on the gas station premises leaving what appears to be a bathroom, before trying to return to their taxi. After they were kept on the premises by security staff, the group is shown sitting on the ground with their arms raised.

Various reports suggest the Americans paid an unknown amount to cover the damage of the door, and that a security guard pulled out his gun to keep them situated until local police could arrive.

The video does not show the men causing any damage or vandalizing property, though the gas station owner says they tore down a poster and urinated on a wall.

"They stopped at the side of the station and urinated all over the side," the owner said, as translated by theScore. "I still have the image of one of their behinds, dropping their pants. They were told to go to the bathroom, but they urinated on the wall on the side. They didn't respect the sign, they didn't go to the bathroom," said the owner, who preferred to not be identified.

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The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) said Thursday that the three swimmers still in Brazil - Lochte has since flown back to the United States - will remain in the country to aid with the investigation.

Rio 2016 organizers have moved to downplay the incident in light of recent reports, with spokesman Mario Andrada saying, "Let's give these kids a break. Sometime you take actions that you later regret. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on."

Report: Lochte's teammates admitted robbery story was fabricated
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