The mainstream media destroyed the career of decorated Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte by supporting the Rio de Janeiro police in their claims that Lochte lied about being held up and robbed at a gas station. Now, however, a major American media outlet has decided to actually conduct a thorough investigation of Lochte’s claims, and what they found may shock you.
After their investigation, USA Today found that the evidence supports Lochte’s later account that he thought his group of swimmers were being robbed when they were approached at the gas station by armed men who flashed badges, pointed guns at them and demanded money.
Unlike liberal anchors like Bob Costas and Matt Lauer, who were out to destroy Lochte for ratings, USA Today actually consulted the surveillance footage at the gas station and interviewed witnesses. The footage supports swimmer Gunnar Bentz’s claim that he did not see anyone vandalize the restroom, a claim that was used to make the swimmers look obnoxious by the media.
Most damning of all is the fact that Rio police have refused to identify the guards or offer any details beyond confirming they are members of law enforcement who at the time were working in a private security detail.
USA Today also tracked down eyewitness Fernando Deluz, 20, who intervened when the “police” drew their guns.
“It was also so fast, and what I wanted was to resolve the situation,” Deluz told the paper. “If it hadn’t been for wanting to resolve that, if I hadn’t involved myself, I thought – the police chief told me, ‘Man, if you hadn’t gone there in that moment, a tragedy could have occurred.’”
It sounds to us like this “tragedy” that the police chief was talking about was the murder of four American swimmers.
USA Today continued:
In a statement released Friday, Bentz confirmed police accounts that indicated Lochte damaged a sign during the incident and got into a “heated exchange” with the guards. But Bentz, who said authorities viewed him as a witness and never a suspect in the case, offered a narrative that closely matches Lochte’s revised account that he gave to Lauer three days after the incident. Bentz said his recollection was that money was demanded from the Americans by armed men in order for the swimmers to be allowed to leave.
While bystander Deluz and the police said the amount paid was for property vandalized, it is unclear whether the swimmers understood the situation.
Bentz, 20, is emphatic that his account is accurate: “I never made a false statement to anyone at any time,” he said.
Then there’s the bathroom that the swimmers supposedly damaged beyond repair. When a USA Today videographer visited the bathroom on Thursday, he found no damage to soap dispensers and mirrors and said none of those items appeared to be new.
Once again, the American media has destroyed someone’s life without even bothering to learn the facts. Shame on you, mainstream media!