“Sérgio Riera, the lawyer who succeeded in getting American swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger permission from a judge to leave Brazil on Wednesday night, told the [Washington] Post’s Dom Phillips that his clients had not lied to police about an alleged robbery involving American swimming star Ryan Lochte on Sunday night,” the Washington Post reports.
The two swimmers had not lied, Riera said, because neither Bentz nor Conger had initially spoken to the police or the press about what had happened.
Reports the Post, “Bentz and Conger did not concur with the account of an armed robbery that Lochte told to NBC, according to Riera. ‘They knew it was a lie. But they did not have to go public,’ Riera said. ‘They thought this would be forgotten. They did not think it would have a more serious consequence.’”
The Post story adds, “Riera said the four swimmers arrived at the Shell gas station on Armando Lombardi Avenue in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca suburb because they wanted to use the bathroom after a night out on the town following the conclusion of the swimming portion of these Games.”
Riera then details what happened next. To read all of those details we urge you to click here, which will take you to the Washington Post story.