Despite escaping Rio authorities and security officers, US swimmer Ryan Lochte still faced the backlash of his drunken escapades during the recent Rio Olympics. With damning evidence, statements and videos all surfacing, Lochte’s drinking problems have become more apparent, and the disgraced athlete’s career has been taking a very steep nose-dive.
Reports have also confirmed that the athlete has been let go by some of his major sponsors-Speedo, Ralph Lauren and Syneron Candela- with each company making the announcement on Monday.
“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 the behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for,” Speedo USA stated in their press release, which can also be seen below.
The official response regarding our sponsorship of Ryan Lochte. pic.twitter.com/0DdP2RyceD
— Speedo USA (@SpeedoUSA) August 22, 2016
These companies ended their partnership with the athlete after a week of Olympic drama brought about by the athlete’s fabricated story of being robbed at gunpoint, to cover up for a night of drunken partying and vandalism. A video, which was made public recently, seems to support the accusations against the swimmer, showing Lochte along with teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen leaving a gasoline station’s bathroom.
See the video for yourself.
Since then, the swimmer has taken “full responsibility” for the incident and acknowledged that his “immature behavior” led to his current predicament. In a recent interview with TMZ, the athlete also claimed that he wants to address the issue of excessive drinking, stating that “it’s something that I’m gonna have to be more responsible about” when asked about his thoughts on the matter.
Rehab was one option which TMZ asked about, to address Lochte’s drinking problems, but at that point the athlete only “wanted to see my family and talk with them about it,” hinting that he may have plans to discuss options for his next steps to recover from the Rio scandal.
The entire TMZ interview was shared via Twitter.
Ryan Lochte — I'm Rethinkin' Drinkin' After Rio (VIDEO) https://t.co/33YI4EXlLs
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 22, 2016
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