NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)– The New York Post is not going easy on Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte following reports by police in Brazil that he and three other American swimmers were not the victims of an armed robbery as they claimed.
The daily newspaper released the cover Thursday, which pictures a shirtless Lochte and the text “liar, liar, Speedo on fire,” followed by “The Ugly American” beneath the image.
The mystery behind the claim that Lochte and his teammates were robbed after a night of partying in Rio de Janeiro only deepened further Thursday. Officials first blamed him for making it up, but then backtracked on some details and acknowledged the Olympians had been confronted by security guards with guns.
The robbery that was or wasn’t has become the biggest spectacle outside of the Olympic venues in Rio, and given American swimming a black eye in Brazil after an otherwise remarkable run at the Summer Games.
“No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed,” Civil Police chief Fernando Veloso said during a news conference Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, as CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reported, new surveillance footage released by the Brazilian newspaper O Globo shows four Olympic swimmers early Sunday morning at a Rio gas station. At one point, the men are seen leaving their taxi and are made to sit on the ground with their hands in the air.
But a Brazilian police official said it was a confrontation with a security guard over damage to a bathroom, not an armed robbery. The new information contradicts what swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed earlier this week.
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