Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi spoke to reporters following their release from jail on Tuesday, explaining their motivation behind the frightening incident.
"Our purpose is to get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar and under Brazilian law, a criminal," Sotoodeh, 59, told multiple outlets, criticizing the security team for using what he felt was excessive force when tackling him to the ground. "I don't understand why the people there did that. I wasn't even going towards Lochte, I was going in a different direction," the heckler said, citing bruises on his arms and back and neck pain.
Both men maintain they had no intentions of physically hurting the Olympic swimmer, but instead were protesting Lochte being cast on the competition series following his involvement in the Rio robbery scandal that overshadowed the 2016 Summer Games.