The real reasons for Brazil cares so much better whether Ryan Lochte lied

Lochte at an Aug. 12 Olympics press conference.

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Turns out the swimmer’s narrative doesn’t quite hold water.

Brazilian officials said Thursday that stellar U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated his story about being cheated at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, inventing his tale of woe after a much different encounter with authorities.

That’s the latest in the most recent surreal assembly of the 2016 Olympics’ strangest tale. But there’s way, channel more to unpack here so let’s do that.

As Lochte’s story was questioned and unraveled during the past few eras, the whodunit of what did or didn’t happen to him and three Team USA swimming teammates became an internet spectacle par excellence. Jokes and more jokes were deployed with the #LochteGate hashtag. Faves and retweets were had by all.

But Lochte’s apparently fictitious robbery isn’t merely fodder for internet jokes. It isn’t precisely a zany mishap from a weird young man. It’s not just a “hand in the cookie jar” thing.

Taken in context, it’s humiliating. It crystallizes the 2016 Tournament beneath their surface-layer spectacle, laying bare the raw core of the reasons why these Olympics and what they stand for are so grotesque in the first place.

Gun to the head? ‘Whatever’

Lochte is interviewed by Matt Lauer of ‘Today’ on Aug. 12.

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Here’s an ugly but not unfamiliar looking: A privileged young man from a affluent commonwealth attempts undertaking in an exotic region, ascertains disturb instead, then tries to weasel out of that hardship by playing to negative stereotypes about the ground in which he screwed up.

It’s the height of right and appears to be exactly what Lochte just did in Brazil.

“Let’s give these boys a breaking. Sometimes you take actions that you afterwards repent, ” Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada said Thursday. “Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all-time. They had fun, they made a mistake, it’s part of life, life goes on, let’s go.”

Of course, Andrada is being a company man and were attempting to gloss over a negative narrative but um , no. These aren’t “kids.” Lochte is 32 years old. He’s playing in his third Olympics.

And more and more, he’s looks a lot like a liar.

Lochte’s original legend had himself and teammates Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger being held up at gunpoint either by police officers or robbers dressed up like police officers.

“And then the person drew out his handgun, he cocked it, applied it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down, ‘ and I throw my hands up, I was like ‘whatever, ‘” Lochte told TODAY after the belief stick-up early Sunday morning. “He took our fund, he took my pocketbook “hed left” my cellphone, he left my credentials.”

Except …

Only Michael Phelps, left, has more Olympic swimming medals than Lochte, right.

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“No robbery was committed against these players. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed, ” Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso said Thursday.

Here’s another version of what happened. It’s based on what Brazilian police officials said Thursday, as well as insurance footage and what a Rio gas station owner told local media.

The night after swimming occasions concluded in Rio, Lochte’s foursome departs out.

In the wee hours, they intend to use a restroom at a gas station.

Inebriated, they dedicate some acts of vandalism, more, gathering a sign off a wall and urinating in the open.

Among interesting thing, a entrance is broken.

Security sentries then confront the swimmers, and an debate or showdown of some sort ensues.

At some detail, a security officer brandishes a gun.

Eventually, Lochte and company hand over cash to pay for the damage they worked, then leave.

Lochte underwater in Rio.

Lochte included a sixth golden medallion to his collection in Rio.

Lochte in action in Brazil.

Coming up for air.

Life, as “theyre saying”, comes at you fast.

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