Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers have successfully distracted the world from the actual sports at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. While the situation continues to sort itself out, the United States Olympic Committee has decided it is time to apologize for the negative impact the gas station incident has had on the games.
The USOC CEO Scott Blackmun issued a statement Thursday night and the key section reads as follows:
The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members. We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States.
On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence.
With three days remaining in the Olympic Games, our primary focus will remain on supporting the athletes who are still competing and celebrating the achievements of those who have finished.
The statement also says that Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger gave statements to local authorities and have had their passports released. Bentz and Conger were pulled off a flight on Wednesday, but have now departed Rio. Meanwhile, Jimmy Feigen provided a revised statement to police Thursday evening and is hoping to have his passport released soon.
Lochte has still not sorted things out with Brazilian authorities.