Ryan Lochte apologises for role in drunken Rio incident

The US swimmer has apologised for his behaviour in Rio and for not being more ‘careful and candid’.

FILE: Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 200m individual medley heat at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Picture: AFP.

RIO DE JANEIRO - US swimmer Ryan Lochte has released a statement apologising for his role in a drunken incident at the Rio Olympic which initially saw him and three teammates tell police that they'd been robbed at gunpoint.

A police investigation into the matter and the subsequent release of CCTV footage from a city petrol station in fact shows the owner of a shop demanding they pay for damages caused after they vandalised the premises while drunk.

Lochte is back in the US having avoided arrest by Brazilian authorities.

Lochte's statement finally comes after his teammates implicated in the incident, Gunner Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen, were all arrested by Brazilian authorities.

The three were accused of lying to the police over the matter that infuriated Games organisers and the people of Brazil as they've accused the Americans of sullying the country's reputation.

Conger and Bentz were taken off a US-bound flight just before its departure from Rio international, while Feigen has paid $11,000.

Lochte said in the statement that he wants to apologise for his behaviour last weekend. And that he should have been more careful and candid in how he described events, but still insists that being out late at night and having a gun pointed at him was "traumatic".

They initially told police they were the victims of an armed robbery, but what's since transpired is that on their way back to the Olympic Village after a night out partying they stopped at a petrol station and vandalised the store inside.

The owner called armed security who demanded they pay for the damage caused before letting them go.

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