Some Brazilians not satisfied with Lochte apology

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Some Brazilians at the Olympic Park in Rio say U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte’s apology for fabricating a story about being robbed is not enough, while others are ready to move on. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Some Brazilians not satisfied with Lochte apology

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION).

STORY: When an angry crowd of Brazilians jeered U.S. Olympic gold medal swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, calling them “liars” and giving one of them a tug on the ear, the young Americans looked shocked by the ferocity of their reaction.

What they appeared not to realize was that a fabricated story about how they and two team mates had been robbed at gunpoint – allegedly told to cover up an act of vandalism at a Rio gas station – hit a raw nerve in this South American nation.

The two weeks of competition have been overshadowed by armed robberies of foreign government ministers, athletes and tourists, as well as long queues at stadiums and lack of food.

The American swimmers’ allegations appeared to be the final humiliation.

On Friday (August 19), swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology on his Twitter account, but in the Olympic Park, some Brazilian fans said the apology was not enough to make up for the lie.

“They suppose that as they are coming to Brazil they can do everything that they want but it’s not acceptable and I suppose they could apologise much more,” said Brazilian fan Duala Fountoura.

Bruno Abreu, added: “I think the apology is necessary but I think it’s not the only thing that must be happening I think the law must be applied.”

But others are ready to move on and enjoy the remainer of the Games.

“They were celebrating and I think they made a mistake but it can happen to anyone so they will learn the lesson and at the end they were the ones ashamed,” said fan Gustavo Araujo.

Lochte had already returned to the U.S. when the controversy broke. Conger and Bentz were allowed to leave Thursday night (August 18). Feigen was reported to be preparing to leave Friday evening.

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