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The International Olympic Committee has set up a disciplinary commission to investigate Ryan Lochte and the three other US swimmers involved in an altercation at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro last Sunday.
The commission will determine if the swimmers will face any punishment for the incident. Lochte said he and James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were robbed inthe early morning hours of August 14as they returned from a party.
After taking a public pounding for initially reporting a robbery, Lochte apologized Friday on Instagram for being more careful and candid in how he described the incident.
The 32 year old swimmer said he accepted responsibility for his role in it and had some valuable lessons. Matt Lauer interviewed Lochte Saturday morning, and the network said the segment would air later in the evening.
Endorsements: Will sponsors flee?
Even though Lochte has banked on his edgy image, the scandal could put a dent in the 12 time Olympic medalist currentendorsements with Speedo, Airweave and Polo Ralph Lauren.
do think this going to have a lasting impact on Ryan Lochte, and it not going to be good, Christine Brennan, CNN contributor and sports analyst, said Friday.
Sponsor Speedo is following the situation closely. The swimwear company released a statement saying that it has policy not to comment on ongoing legal investigations. We suggest you contact his team for additional information. company Airweave, which has used Lochte to endorse its mattress brand, is standing by the swimmer, for now.
do not allow unlawful behavior and will continue to monitor the investigation closely. I respect the athletic performance of Ryan, and as long as he is a respectable athlete, he will remain a US ambassador for Airweave as long as our partnership agreement remains effective. Our focus is on supporting Team USA, and our hope is people will remain focused on cheering on the athletes who still have events to compete in, said a statement from Airweave CEO Motokuni Takaoka.
The Airweave/Lochte partnership was already scheduled to end this year.
Clothing giant Ralph Lauren said it was working closely with the US Olympic Committee on the developments in Rio and is reviewing the situation.
certainly on the back end of his swimming career, Brennan said. just cannot imagine any of these sponsors re upping, if they decide to stay with him. action
Much speculation continues to swirl around the consequences the four US swimmers could face.
Drawing from sources with knowledge of the investigation,
Brennan said she confident they will face disciplinary action as a result of their conduct.
Lochte and all the other swimmers, I am sure will be suspended, Brennan told CNN Anderson Cooper Friday night.
When asked for a comment, USA Swimming the national governing body of competitive swimming said, Swimming will undergo a thorough review of the incident and determine any further actions, per our Code of Conduct. dropped for charity donations
Conger and Bentz were pulled off a plane as they tried to leave Rio earlier this week, but were released after providing statements on the incident to Brazilian police.
Bentz, a University of Georgia student, followed in his teammate footsteps and apologized Friday to US officials, his teammates and his university.
regret this situation has drawn attention away from the Olympics, which have been hosted so incredibly well by Brazil and its citizens, Bentz said.
Bentz emphasized that he was never a suspect in the case from the beginning and that Brazilian law enforcement officials saw him only as a witness. He said he made a false statement to anyone at any time. leaving Brazil, Feigen entered a plea bargain with police to avoid prosecution. the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea,swimmer Troy Dalbey and a teammatecaused an international uproar when they took an $800 marble lion head statue from a hotel.
Like Lochte, Dalbey was harshly criticized after he apologized publicly for the prank he pulled.
No charges were filed but the swimmers were dropped from the squad and sent home.
Dalbey was later suspended by USA Swimming from national and international competition and team training camps for 18 months.
After a big night out in Copacabana, Australian swimmers Josh Palmer and Emma McKeon got a slap on the wrist for not returning to the Olympic Village before curfew after a night of drinking.
Several other Australian athletes werefined after using the wrong accreditation to enter a basketball arenawhere the nation team played Serbia in the Olympics semifinal, on Saturday. Brazilian police briefly detained the athletes and fined them $3,000 for with credentials. a rebound