Jimmy Feigen, Ryan Lochte’s cohort in Peeing Outside a Gas Stationgate, has obtained his passport and returned to the United States. Feigen ended up paying a $10,800 “fine” that supposedly went to a charity according to Sports Illustrated. Feigen detailed the negotiations in a press release on Tuesday night.
I was eventually given two options. Option one was to remain in Brazil while the police continued the investigation. This process was estimated to take at least a month and I would be required to remain in Brazil. Option two was pay a fine of R$100,000.00 ($31,250.00 USD) for the return of my passport and perform fifteen days of community service. I called my American attorneys to discuss what to do. We decided that this amount was unreasonable and due to safety concerns, this offer was also rejected. The prosecutor’s response was to increase the fine to R$150,000.00 ($46,875.00 USD).
Finally, all parties agreed to a R$35,000.00 ($10,800.00 USD) fine. This fine was to be paid within three days. If it was not paid, the fine would be increased back to R$150,000.00. I was able to contact my family in the United States along with my American attorneys and we were able to satisfy the payment of the fine the next day. My passport was returned to me after payment was received, and I was able to return home.
TMZ’s headline (“BRAZIL EXTORTED ME“) gets right to the point, but I guess they would argue this was some kind of plea deal? A very, very expensive plea deal. At least assuming the “fine” and return of the passport means that Feigen is completely done with Brazilian authorities. Even then, it sounds super sketchy. Either way, this was one of the most expensive pisses in sports history.