Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte To Compete On Next Dancing With The Stars

Us Weekly is reporting that U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will appear in as a contestant in season 23 of Dancing With the Stars.

This comes, of course, in the aftermath of his Rio robbery scandal, which he eventually tearfully admitted was “overexaggerated” regarding being robbed at gunpoint.

“Doing DWTS will be great for Ryan’s image!” an insider tells Us Weekly. “He will be able to show America that he’s a good guy who made a mistake. He’s still an Olympic champion! He will be great on the show.”

The cast of celebrities for the upcoming season of the ABC dancing competition has not yet been announced and reps for the show never comment on casting rumors, but this season will likely include a few Olympic athletes.

You have to wonder if this was a quick PR move or if it was in the works before the Olympics.

Ryan Lochte Loses Two Major Sponsors

Two major sponsors for U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte have announced they will no longer be associated with Lochte in the aftermath of his “overexaggerated” version of events regarding a late night drunken spree in Rio during the recent games.

While Speedo announces they are terminating his contract, Ralph Lauren says his endorsement was only through the Rio Olympics and they will not be renewing his contract.

From ABC News:

“Speedo USA today announces the decision to end its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte. As part of this decision, Speedo USA will donate a $50,000 portion of Lochte’s fee to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil,” the company said in a statement.

“While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for. We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience,” the company added.

Ralph Lauren noted in its statement that it “continues to proudly sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic team and the values that its athletes embody.”

“Ralph Lauren’s endorsement agreement with Ryan Lochte was specifically in support of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the company will not be renewing his contract,” Ryan J. Lally, the vice president of global corporate communications for the company, said in a statement.

Lochte gave a tearful apology while speaking in-depth to NBC’s Matt Lauer yesterday wherein he repeatedly stated he was taking full responsibility for his actions.

You can view that interview here.

Ryan Lochte Offers Tearful Apology For Rio Incident

In an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer, 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte offers a tearful apology for what he repeatedly called “over-exaggerating” the details of his previous versions of his late night encounter last Sunday night in Rio at the 2106 Summer Olympics.

He also says many times throughout the interview that he wants to take “full responsibility” for his actions, and he apologizes to the people of Rio and the country of Brazil for insinuating anything negative about the host city, and to his fellow Olympians for distracting from their accomplishments throughout this past week.

From NBC News:

In an interview with TODAY Sunday, Lochte said an armed robber pointed a gun at his forehead and cocked the weapon. In the interview that aired Saturday, Lochte said that was made up.

“That didn’t happen and that’s why — I over-exaggerated that part, ” Lochte said. The gun was drawn and pointed in his direction but was never at his forehead, Lochte said.

Asked why he would make up the dramatic detail, Lochte said: “I don’t know why.” He added it was hours after the incident occurred and he was still intoxicated.

“I’m not making me being intoxicated like an excuse, I’m not doing that at all,” Lochte said. “It was my fault and I shouldn’t have said it.”

Lauer asked Lochte why he had maintained they were “victims” in his statements to police and to the media.

“It’s how you want to make it look like. Whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion, or us paying just for the damages, like, we don’t know,” Lochte responded. “All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction, and we were demanded to give money.”

“We just wanted to get out of there,” Lochte said. “We were all frightened. And we wanted to get out of there as quick as possible. And the only way we knew is — this guy saying, ‘You have to give him money.’ So we gave him money, and we got out.”

I think watching the full interview puts some things in perspective.

I can’t defend Lochte, but I will say I think he’s aware that he made an immature mistake. And I also think, without being mean-spirited, that he’s just not the sharpest tool in the shed. I think he had a knee-jerk reaction in the middle of what he feared would be – and did become – an international incident.

You can watch the full interview here.

Ryan Lochte Issues Apology For “Not Being More Careful And Candid”

After days of lengthy international reporting regarding four U.S. Olympic swimmers who couldn’t seem to get their stories straight about a night on the town gone wrong, 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte has issued an “apology” for not being “more careful and candid” in how he related his version of events last Sunday night.

“This was a situation that could and should have been avoided,” Lochte said. “I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.”

The statement was posted on his Instagram.

Lochte originally told the press that he and 3 fellow U.S. swimmers were robbed at gun point by police, but the story upon examination was not holding up.

While Lochte quickly returned to the U.S., his fellow accomplices Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were questioned by police.

Bentz and Conger were dramatically removed from their plane at the airport as they attempted to leave the country. After speaking with police, Bentz and Conger were finally allowed to leave Brazil last night.

Even as they made their way home, an attorney for the two told the press, “They did not make any untruthful testimony. They did not lie in their statements.”

Feigen has apparently agreed to make a $10,800 payment in order to be allowed to leave the country later Friday, his lawyer said.

All in all, this has been a silly mess begun by a drunk 32 year old frat boy, and then perpetuated by police officials upset their city’s reputation had been besmirched.

Can we now go back to paying attention to the important things at the Olympics, like U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva doing a fun strip tease?

A photo posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:11am PDT

Ryan Lochte Covers The New York Post: “The Ugly American”

From Mike Vaccaro at the New York Post:

Sometimes, as I’ve traveled overseas, I’ve been troubled by that notion, of the assumption of the Ugly American. I’ve thought it a cartoon, a caricature, whose time was surely over.

And then, sometimes, you see someone like Ryan Lochte open his mouth.

And when you hear what comes tumbling out, it all makes perfect sense.

That’s the worst part of what Lochte and his stable of stumble-bumbling swimmer pals have done the past few days, now that it’s apparent that whatever might have happened to them late one night — actually, early one morning — in Rio, it wasn’t exactly the way Lochte described it the first time around.

In fact, it seems apparent that Lochte and his cohorts in chaos — Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, all swimmers representing the US in a decidedly different way than Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps did — were using the old “robbed-at-gunpoint” chestnut as cover for what was apparently a gas station encounter with a security guard and, quite hilariously, a bathroom door.

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The Ugly American is alive and well in 2016 thanks to this dope. Thanks for that, Ryan. Now don’t let the bathroom door hit you on the ass on your way to Palookaville.

Rio Olympics: Ryan Lochte “Robbery” Story Is Falling Apart

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte

The story of Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers being robbed on Sunday appears to be unraveling as surveillance videos now contradict the original reports by the Olympic athletes.

The story seems to be getting bigger and bigger in part due to the egos of police officials who are upset over their city appearing to be dangerous and crime-ridden.

From the Daily Mail:

“They stopped at a gas station and they were all really drunk. They went to the toilet and damaged it pretty badly,” a source tells the paper. “The security guy saw them and started arguing with them – telling them they had to pay. They refused and argued back. He pointed his gun at them and insisted they pay for the damage – they gave him some money and left.”

Security footage showing the athletes demolishing the bathroom and being stopped by the guard has surfaced.

U.S. Olympic swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz

Swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were taken off a flight and detained by Brazilian police. A judge also ordered Lochte’s passport be seized, but he had already boarded a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.

He even posed for a photo on his flight home with American Airlines flight attendant David Anthony, who posted the picture online with the caption, ’I couldn’t make it to #Rio for the Olympics this year, so the Olympics came to me. Now if only Ryan Lochte would go on a date with me!”

Lochte maintains he and his fellow swimmers were really robbed. He told Matt Lauer footage of him laughing and smiling after the incident were a result of his being “in shock.”

“I wouldn’t make up a story like this nor would the others — as a matter of fact we all feel it makes us look bad,’ Lochte told Lauer. “We’re victims in this and we’re happy that we’re safe.”

His attorney, Jeff Ostrow says the athletes are being unfairly targeted for shining a light on Rio’s crime problem.

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Ryan Lochte will likely not be extradited back to Brazil despite a judge’s order demanding he remain in the country and is probably in the clear so long as official charges are not filed against him in the case explained Ari Melber of MSNBC on Thursday morning.

Should it be determined that the entire story was made up, Lochte and the other men could be charged with false communication of a crime, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail in Brazil.

Some legal experts on CNN have countered that, bad behavior aside, if you imagine yourself at 6AM at a gas station with a person coming up to you with a gun demanding money, one might describe that situation as a “robbery” keeping in mind that the men were very possibly intoxicated.

What does seem clear is Lochte could be losing tons of endorsement cash in the aftermath of this debacle.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Ryan Lochte posed for this pic on his way home to the U.S. from the Rio Olympics

Rio Olympics: Ryan Lochte & 3 Other US Swimmers Robbed At Gun Point

From NBC News:

U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint while in Rio de Janeiro overnight Saturday, NBC News has confirmed.

Following conflicting reports — including the IOC denying any incident took place — Lochte himself confirmed with TODAY’s Billy Bush that he and the other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint.

“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte said. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.

“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, “Get down,” and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”

An IOC spokesman originally denied the story before reversing itself.

Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medalist (six gold), winning gold at the Rio Olympics in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Ryan Lochte pauses (and poses) for Cosmopolitan

In anticipation of his E! TV show – What Would Ryan Lochte Do? – Ryan took time for a quick interview and shirtless photo-shoot with Cosmopolitan:

Cosmo: What are we going to see you doing on your new show?

Ryan Lochte: My biggest passion is swimming, but it’s a sport that doesn’t really get talked about until the Olympics, unlike baseball, football, and bas ketball, which are on TV all the time. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this show. I want people to enjoy the sport as much as I do. My whole family swims! You can pretty much say chlorine runs in our veins.

Cosmo: What about your family? We hear you’re tight with them. Will they be on the show?

Ryan Lochte: Yeah, they’re the most important thing to me. I was raised in a big family [Ryan, 28, is the third of five kids], and most of them live just two hours away from me in Florida. Plus, one of my brothers lives with me. We do everything together—golfing, playing video games, taking the dogs to the park. He’s finishing up his last year of college, so I’m kinda like the dad in the house, keeping him in line, pushing him out of the house so he’s not late to work.

Cosmo: Are you currently seeing anyone? Will we see you dating?

Ryan Lochte: I am a single guy right now, but you’ll see me going on dates. I need someone who is able to hold her own—if a girl is really independent, that’s a turn-on for me. And she doesn’t have to play a sport for me to be interested in her! But if a girl smokes, that’s a big turn-off.

Cosmo: Who do you talk to about your dating life?

Ryan Lochte: I know my family would never steer me wrong, so I go to them for advice. And if I go on more than a couple of dates with one girl, it could get to that point where she would meet the Lochtes.

Cosmo: A couple of dates?! That’s fast!

Ryan Lochte: I mean, I gotta feel comfortable with her in order for that to happen! But I want a best friend and a lover at the same time. And I want her to make me laugh. I like someone who doesn’t care what people think—who’s not afraid of making a fool out of herself.

Reality TV: “What Would Ryan Lockte Do?”

From the Youtube description: “Are you ready to jump into the deep end with swimming superstar Ryan Lochte? Get an extended look at his new show coming to E! on April 21 at 10|9c. Jeah!”

Olympic medal winner, winning smile, and easy on the eyes. I’m just not sure about the personality to carry a whole reality TV show.

There’s definitely a quirkiness that could pay off with Lochte. We’ll see. Will he be the new Kardashian for E!…?

I do like the “wet t-shirt” promo pic 🙂

Water Is Everything – Ryan Lochte & Conor Dwyer

US Olympic Gold Medalists Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer for Water For People.

It took them just under 2 minutes to swim their leg of the relay and win the US Gold in London.

In the developing world, women and girls haul water for an average of 4 hours a day. That’s hours of time lost that could be going to school, work, and play.

Water is everything. Nobody knows it better than Ryan and Conor, who have been swimming since they were babies — often spending up to six hours a day training. So they also know the value of time.

You can make Time Well Spent for everyone. Check out Water Is Everything by clicking here.