Ryan Lochte Cleared of Criminal Charge in Rio Incident: Lawyer


Brazil's government expressed discontent about Lochte's lies, accusations, and lude behavior - yet do not appear to be levying any "ban" from the country against him. The 12-time Olympic medallist returned to the U.S. before the Games ended and the charge was filed, but he was given a 10-month suspension by USA Swimming for his behaviour in Rio.

After Lochte and his attorney "appealed" the original charges, an appeals court found him not-guilty and threw away the case, which included "false communication of a crime".

Brazilian police determined that Lochte, who was out celebrating with fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen, had not been robbed at gunpoint like he subsequently told Billy Bush.

A USA Today Sports investigation found that Lochte's story was substantially true and did not constitute a false report. They add that the decision has not been published yet and prosecutors will have 15 days to appeal the ruling. After security footage revealed a much different story, Lochte admitted to being intoxicated from a night of partying and said he "over-exaggerated that story" and posted an apology on social media. "It has been a long year, but in the end, justice prevailed", Ryan's lawyer Jeff Ostrow said in a statement. While he was able to leave Brazil quickly, his three team-mates were detained, with Feigen agreeing to pay a fine of almost US$11,000 to expedite his departure.

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He was ineligible to compete in the United States trials for the upcoming world championships in Budapest, but is entered in three events in the Los Angeles Invitational meeting at the University of Southern California, where he is now training with the Trojan Swim Club.

The notoriety Lochte earned from the incident resurfaced at the ESPY awards this week, when host Peyton Manning joked that last year's host, professional wrestler John Cena, "is an athlete the same way that Ryan Lochte is a reliable witness".

Lochte was suspended from the US national swim team for 10 months for his actions at the gas station, a penalty that ended July 1, USA Today reported.