The IOC apologized for initially doubting Ryan Lochte’s robbery claim last weekend. With more and more doubt being cast on Lochte’s account, Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada was today asked if it’s time for the swimmers to apologize.
His response was one of a very lenient and cool dad.
“I do not regret having apologized,” he said. “No apologies from him or other athletes are needed. We have to understand that these kids come here to have fun. Let’s give these kids a break. They made a mistake. Life goes on.”
This measured sentiment is in stark contrast to the “international incident” narrative that’s being pushed by some in the media. As someone who has reached his yearly quota of outrage, there’s something about this that’s very refreshing.
On the other hand, Lochte is 32. He long ago stopped being a child.
Well, in the eyes of the law at least. The argument could be made that he’s stayed at the same level of maturity for decades.