UPDATE: Patrick Sandusky, United States Olympic Committee spokesperson, released the following statement to E! News regarding tonight's airport incident:
"Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained Wednesday night shortly before their flight was scheduled to depart from Rio. They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday. James Feigen is also communicating with local authorities and intends to make further statements regarding the incident on Thursday as well. We will continue to provide updated information as it is appropriate."
E! News has confirmed that two U.S. Olympic swimmers have been detained by authorities while attempting to leave the Rio Games in Brazil, and are currently being questioned in connection to the alleged robbery involving fellow Olympian swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen.
United States Olympic Committee spokesperson Patrick Sandusky tells E! News, "We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities. We are gathering further information."
NBC reports that Bentz and Conger were in their seats on the plane when they were removed shortly before takeoff. The report continues to state that the two Olympians are being held at the airport but are being treated well and cordially, and authorities have indicated they don't want to hold the swimmers long, but want to gain some information on what happened during the alleged robbery (especially since there seems to be conflicting reports).