The United States Olympic Committee offered its apologies for “unacceptable behavior” of their four swimmers after false testimonies over robbery.
Brazilian police claimed swimmers "were not victims of the crimes they claimed"
after questioning three of the gold medal winners.
The story started when mother of US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte tells US media her son has been robbed in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, 14. Mr Lochte gave an account of the events, saying he, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen were returning by taxi from a club in the early hours of the morning when they were robbed at gunpoint by men who forced the vehicle to pull over. The swimmers didn’t report the incident to police or to the US Olympic Committee, and police officers only got involved after seeing TV reports.
Now police is saying that Lochte has fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint with his teammates. In fact, Lochte and three teammates, heading back after a party, got into a confrontation with a security guard after they trashed a gas station's bathroom, police said. Lochte was so erratic that the guard pulled a gun on him.
Rio's civil police head Fernando Veloso said the four Olympic gold medallists had not been robbed."No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed,''
He warned that the swimmers, who had repeatedly changed their accounts of what happened, could "in theory"
face charges of giving false testimony and vandalism.
Lochte and Jimmy Feigen have been indicted by Brazilian authorities for falsely reporting a crime. But Lochte has already returned to the US while James Feigen remains in Brazil.
Mr. Feigen also agreed to make an $11,000 donation to a Brazilian charity called Reaction Institute in an effort to resolve a dispute, his lawyer onnounced the agreement Friday.
Two other swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were dramatically hauled off a plane from Rio to the US on Wednesday evening. They were allowed to fly out of Brazil Thursday night after they spoke to police as witnesses.
The US Olympic Committee statement confirmed the version of events given by Mr Veloso, and added that "the behaviour of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA."