Ryan Lochte Admits He ‘Over-Exaggerated’ Robbery In Rio

By Sarah Carroll

Ryan Lochte admitted to NBC’s Matt Lauer he “over-exaggerated” when he claimed he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the Summer Olympics.

“I’m taking full responsibility for it,” the decorated swimmer said over the weekend. “Because I over-exaggerated that story. And if I had never done that, we wouldn’t be in this mess… None of this would have happened. And it was my immature behavior.”

Related: Swimmer Ryan Lochte, 3 Teammates Robbed At Gunpoint, Officials Say

Lochte had originally told Billy Bush he was the victim of the mugging, but security footage later proved he and three other Team USA swimmers had gotten into a confrontation with security after vandalizing a gas station bathroom.

“It’s how you want to make it look like. Whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion, or us paying just for the damages, like, we don’t know,” Lochte said. “All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction, and we were demanded to give money.”

“We just wanted to get out of there,” he continued. “We were all frightened. And we wanted to get out of there as quick as possible. And the only way we knew is — this guy saying, ‘You have to give him money.’ So we gave him money, and we got out.”

Watch more highlights from Lochte’s interview above.

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