Ryan Lochte and his swimming pals clearly weren’t up to their best behavior when they arrived at the now famous gas station in Rio. But on Friday, the Today show found no signs of “significant” damage when it visited the gas station bathroom Brazilian police claim was vandalized by the four U.S. swimmers.
Today show corresponded Keir Simmons went to the gas station in question and did a walk through of the premises. Simmons found the advertisement that had reportedly been ripped from the wall by the swimmers, but the bathroom that had reportedly been damaged looked to be in normal shape. There was no evidence of vandalism or damage.
Given that this is Rio, are we to believe the bathroom, which was supposed to have been a crime scene, was somehow repaired quickly? Maybe it has all been fixed and cleaned up, but truly, what are the odds of that? If the gas station or police can provide photos of the damage that would certainly change things, but as of now it seems like neither side of this story is being told truthfully.
It’s a ridiculous incident that has completely overshadowed the actual events at the 2016 Olympics.