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What were they thinking? How the U.S. men's swimmers ended up in hot water

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, 32, issued an apology on Instagram this morning after lying about an armed robbery in Rio to cover his bad behavior and that of his teammates last weekend.

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, 32, issued an apology on Instagram this morning after lying about an armed robbery in Rio to cover his bad behavior and that of his teammates last weekend.

Lochte says he’s sorry for how he behaved and feels bad for taking attention away from other athletes at the games.

Combination picture made on August 18, 2016 shows USA's swimmer James Feigen (top L), Ryan Lochte (top R) Gunnar Bentz (bottom L) and Jack Conger. 
Amid the turmoil engulfing Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers over their mugging story, Rio organisers on August 18, 2016 gave them words of sympathy. "Let's give these kids a break," said Rio 2016 chief spokesman Mario Andrada, who had earlier given a full apology for the supposed ordeal they had gone through in a gunpoint robbery. The story has unravelled in a police investigation with reports of Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen in a fight at a Rio gas station.
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Combination picture made on August 18, 2016 shows USA's swimmer James Feigen (top L), Ryan Lochte (top R) Gunnar Bentz (bottom L) and Jack Conger. Amid the turmoil engulfing Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers over their mugging story, Rio organisers on August 18, 2016 gave them words of sympathy. "Let's give these kids a break," said Rio 2016 chief spokesman Mario Andrada, who had earlier given a full apology for the supposed ordeal they had gone through in a gunpoint robbery. The story has unravelled in a police investigation with reports of Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen in a fight at a Rio gas station. / AFP / STAFF (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country - with a language barrier - and have a stranger point a gun at you…” writes the swimmer. He maintains he and his teammates were held at gunpoint - but while the original reports stated they were pulled over in a Rio cab by fake cops and robbed - it now appears they were approached by armed security guards after vandalising a gas station bathroom and then paid them off.

Lochte and two other swimmers are back in the States now.

A fourth teammate, Jimmy Faegan will likely have to pay more than 10 thousand dollars before leaving Brazil this week. Are these athletes getting off with a slap on the wrist? How does a scandal like this make the U.S. look internationally?

Guest:

Aaron Bauer, Rio de Janeiro Correspondent for Around The Rings’ Olympic coverage; he tweets from 

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