Ryan Lochte and James Feigen Indicted for Falsely Reporting Crime

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  (BROADCAST - OUT) Swimmer, Ryan Lochte of the United States poses for a photo with his gold medal on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Ryan Lochte and James Feigen Indicted for Falsely Reporting Crime

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Ryan Lochte and James Feigen Indicted for Falsely Reporting Crime

Rio de Janeiro authorities have indicted U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen for false reporting of a crime, according to a report from ABC News. Lochte is back in the United States. Feigen isn’t so fortunate and is still in Brazil.

If found guilty, they’d face a fine but not prison time, according to police officials.

While the facts of the incident remain murky five days after it took place, it’s clear Brazilian authorities are taking things very seriously. Their willingness to seek criminal charges is a strong indication that a simple apology from the swimmers (as many have suggested) won’t suffice.

As of right now, the pendulum seems to be swinging toward full-scale international incident and away from cooler heads prevailing.

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