U.S. Olympic swimmer Lochte apologizes

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U.S. gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte apologizes for his behavior at the Rio Olympics after Brazilian authorities found he and three of his teammates had lied about being robbed at gunpoint at a gas station. Linda So reports.

U.S. Olympic swimmer Lochte apologizes

Ryan Lochte turned to social media to apologize for his behavior at the Rio Olympics.

He took to Instagram and Twitter to say sorry for quote, “not being more careful and candid” in his account of events.

Organizers of games say they welcome Lochte’s apology. Rio’s mayor had some harsher words.

SOUNDBITE: MAYOR OF RIO DE JANEIRO, EDUARDO DA COSTA PAES, SAYING:

“Concerning the swimmers the only thing I feel is pity, contempt.”

The U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer had claimed he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint by men posing as police as they returned from a late night party.

But surveillance footage and an investigation by Brazilian authorities showed the swimmers had actually vandalized a gas station bathroom and got into an argument with armed security guards who demanded they pay for the damage.

Lochte’s teammates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger arrived in Miami from Brazil after police pulled them off a flight for further questioning.

In a revised account, the two admitted they were not robbed.

Teammate Jimmy Feigen, the last of the four swimmers still in Brazil, has agreed to pay $11,000 to a sporting charity for fabricating the story.

The incident dominating headlines after causing an international commotion.

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