A Brazilian judge ordered former Florida swimmer Ryan Lochte to turn over his passport and not leave the country on Wednesday, part of an effort to obtain testimony related to an alleged armed robbery of Lochte — and determine whether he filed a false police report.
One problem with that: Lochte is already back in the United States.
The judge’s ruling focuses on “possible differences” and “possible contradiction” in the statements given by Lochte and three other American swimmers to Rio de Janeiro police following what they alleged was an early-morning armed robbery on Sunday, while also noting that the swimmers were “making even play” — joking — with each other after the alleged robbery.
Statement from judge ordering U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen to remain in Brazil. pic.twitter.com/8WDiKi7qj4— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) August 17, 2016
Lochte’s account of one robber and former Texas swimmer James (Jimmy) Feigen’s account of multiple suspects also appear to be at odds.
The U.S. Olympic Committee noted in a statement that the swim team left the Olympic Village after the end of its competition — the last swimming final was held on Saturday — and that it was not able to make the swimmers available to authorities on Wednesday.
Lochte’s lawyer says that his client has returned to the United States, and that he fully cooperated with authorities while in Rio.
Lochte won gold as part of the U.S. men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay team, his only medal of the Rio Olympics. Feigen won gold as part of the American 4 x 100 freestyle relay.