Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months by the United States Olympic Committee in concert with the International Olympic Committee and USA Swimming, according to a report from TMZ. The report says the punishment will also include other sanctions.
Lochte will be competing on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars” and had planned to take time off from swimming anyway. He will be suspended from the 2017 swimming world championships as well.
Lochte’s suspension is harsher than the one Michael Phelps received for his DUIs. Phelps was banned for six months. TMZ claims that, “some of the USOC decision makers felt Lochte’s punishment was too severe.”
This sounds about right for a punishment, though I’m not sure how lying about an alleged robbery is worse than putting the lives of other people in danger by driving drunk. Then again, Phelps has always been USA Swimming’s golden boy and Lochte’s embarrassing mishap happened with the entire world watching.