UPDATE - 08/18/2016 3:15 PM: To the surprise of no one, video footage of the four Team USA swimmers has emerged pertaining to the gas station incident, and it somehow makes this crazy story all the more confusing.
Ryan Lochte and his teammates left out a huge part of their "robbery" story -- which is that they busted up a gas station bathroom, and THEN a security guard pulled a gun on them ... TMZ Sports has learned.
In the above surveillance video, we see the swimmers exit the bathroom and enter their cab, followed by footage of them getting out of their cab and then sitting on the ground with their hands in the air.
Per TMZ, their sources connected to Lochte's people say there are a few minutes edited out of the released video that will show someone pointing a gun at the cab in an attempt to get them out.
...And to think, we thought this story was about to reach an end!
Boy…bet Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feign feel really stupid right now.
Per The New York Times, Brazilian investigators have determined that the four Team USA swimmers were not robbed at gunpoint this past Sunday. Turns out the four swimmers fled a gas station after doing damage to a bathroom door.
Long story short: Their taxi stopped at a gas station around 6 A.M., and when one of the swimmers tried to use the bathroom, the door was locked, which led to the swimmers trying to push the door down and breaking it. A security guard emerged, the cops were called, but the swimmers in their taxi fled before the police arrived.
If that wasn’t enough proof for you, Conger and Bentz confirmed with Brazilian police that the gunpoint robbery story was, in fact, a lie.
Would a story about four drunk American swimmers breaking a door at a gas station while (likely) drunk been a big black eye of a news story? Yes, however, this whole fabricated robbery story is even worse.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.