Swimming Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte said he was a victim of an armed robbery in Brazil after coming home from a party for one of his friends in Rio. He showed no signals of deception as he relayed the story to interviewer, Billy Bush. He was on point and spoke fluidly and fluently. He showed no body language signals of deception. Therefore I completely believe what he said about the robbery.
But the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) denied Lochte’s account of what happened . It seems to me that they clearly may have wanted to cover themselves and protect their own interests , since they made this statement without ever interviewing Lochte or any of the other alleged victims. It was reported that both organizations didn’t even contact the alleged robbed swimmers after the robbery, even though they were all living at the Olympic village.
Ryan Lochte would have no reason to make up a robbery attempt. He certainly doesn’t need this type of attention and has never had a history of high drama. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Rio is one of the most dangerous cities in the world as are so many other cities in Brazil.
In fact, when I was in Sao Paulo, Brazil several years ago on a book tour, I was driven around in an armored car. So there was a great concern about crime. I also have a very close friend in Brazil and when we traveled around the city, we were also in an armored car and ran through all the red lights because to stop could get one robbed and killed.
In my view, the US Olympic Committee and the IOC are not respecting one of their star athletes. Instead, they are essentially calling Lochte a liar.They clearly seem to believe that admitting that Rio is a dangerous city and that a robbery took place would be bad PR for the games, so they are spinning it.
Apparently, Lochte reported that the robbers were disguised as police . If they admitted Lochte’s story was accurate and word got out that robbers were posing as police officers in and in essence stopping tourists and robbing them with guns to their head, this would be bad for the games and for their revenue.
Having a gun pointed at Lochte’s head as he said in a very calm manner, may have some sever lasting effects on him. perhaps he is now in a state of shock as to what actually happened to him. When some time passes and he has more time to process the event and that he could have lost his life, I would not be surprised if he showed symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the future. The fact that his own US Olympic Committee and the IOC aren’t standing by him and supporting what happened to him will not doubt add to his injury and could have an emotional effect on him. It could even have serious implications in terns of his psyche as an athlete.
So much of being a star athlete has to do with your mental abilities and focus as well as your physical prowess.If his own organizations are not behind him, it may have an effect on his motivation level in the future and on his psychological state . No one wants to be labeled as a liar when they have come forth and shared a life threatening experience.
The implications of Lochte being believed and the committees causing doubt about what he said can potentially affect his endorsements in the futures and ultimately, his finances. There may be a possibility that endorsers may shy away from Lochte as a result of this controversy created by the US and International Olympic committees.