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It’s not all Zika virus and green diving pool water in Rio. There’s armed robbery too.
Robbed in Rio
Olympic gold medalist, Ryan Lochte and three other swimmers were pulled from a cab and robbed at gunpoint. The bad guys, dressed as cops, held a gun to Lochte’s head. Locate was like, “whatever”:
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.”
Maybe Ryan was just throwing up his hands.
Update: The WSJ reports that the athletes didn’t report the robbery to police. The cops began an investigation after seeing media reports. The International Olympic Committee initially denied those reports because it claimed the United States Olympic Committee told them the heist never happened. Later in the day the USOC changed its story and said it did happen. Locate says the swimmers were under the influence at the time.
Update to the Update: Two of the allegedly robbed swimmers were pulled off their flights home for further questioning in Brazil. CNN says officials are suspicious of discrepancies in their stories and their “jocularity” following an armed robbery. Ryan Locate got out of town ahead of the the law.
Let the Ri0 Olympic games begin.
Here’s Jonathan Turley in USA Today:
Rio is the IOC’s most signature moment: games held in a lethally polluted area with some athletes who are viewed as equally dirty. Dirty air, dirty water, dirty games.
Rory Mcllroy quit the Rio Olympics over fear of the Zika virus. Other golfers, March Leishman of Australia and South African Charl Schwartzel, had already done the same. As had American cyclist Tejay van Garderen.
Last week the Russian track and field team took the easy way out – doping.
However, there were worse things than the Zika virus for olympic mascot Juma the jaguar. Juma got off her leash at an Olympic torch ceremony and was shot dead.