Following a highly publicized incident in Brazil, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) have suspended swimmer Ryan Lochte.
On Thursday, the USOC announced the Lochte has been issued a 10-month suspension from domestic and international competitions and will also forfeit the $100,000 bonus that came with his gold medal. The other three swimmers involved in the incident – Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen – are also being suspended, albeit for four months.
“You know, I’ve been swimming my entire life and I’ve never taken a break, and for someone telling me that I can’t do something I’ve been doing my entire life…it’s heartbreaking and it stinks… But there is so much more I want accomplish in the sport of swimming so I do know that I’m still going to be training and when I do come back I’m going to definitely be a better swimmer and a better person.”
“I just want to move forward and want the whole world to move forward,” Lochte told ABC. “Everybody’s got to be sick and tired of hearing about this. I know I am. I just want to move forward.”
There is no news yet as to whether the Brazilian government will try Lochte in absentia; but, if convicted, the swimmer could face a jail sentence of one to six months.