Lochte Suspended, Fined And Summoned to Appear In Court


Lochte Suspended, Fined And Summoned to Appear In Court

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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.

After the news of his suspension was announced, Lochte scheduled an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show. He told the host:
“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.”
Lochte also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, where he said he felt the incident has”been dragged out way too long”:
“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.”
The swimmer is currently scheduled to appear on next season of Dancing With The Stars, a deal that was reportedly worked out before the controversy in Rio hit the press. Lochte told PEOPLE Magazine: “I’m excited for, not only myself, but everyone else to forget about what happened and to move forward. I think that’s what the biggest thing is – what we’re gonna do is just move forward and show off my dancing skills.”
At the end of August, the swimmer was summoned to appear in court in Brazil – he’s currently charged with providing false testimony. Civil Police spokesman Clemente Braune told G1, a Brazilian news outlet, that: “If [Lochte] is summonsed and does not attend the hearing, the process continues without the presence of the defendant until the final sentence.”

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.

One Response to "Lochte Suspended, Fined And Summoned to Appear In Court"

  1. John Ratican   Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    He will only face a jail sentence if he is stupid enough to go back to that corrupt hell hole called Brazil.