Amid an ongoing investigation surrounding Ryan Lochte and his teammates, the Olympic gold medalist is standing by his story.
After swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Lochte told U.S. Olympic Committee officials they were being driven home Sunday morning when "their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings," Rio police could not corroborate their story. As of Wednesday, they had been unable to find any evidence supporting the athletes' claims, including the men's taxi driver or witnesses to the reported crime.
Brazilian Judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop subsequently ordered Feigen and Lochte's passports seized to prevent them from leaving the country, though Lochte had already arrived in the United States. Wednesday evening, Conger and Bentz were pulled off of their flight home shortly before take off and detained for questioning by Brazilian authorities. The men were released overnight "with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday," according to United States Olympic Committee spokesperson Patrick Sandusky.
Regardless of recent developments, Lochte stands by their account. "I wouldn't make up a story like this nor would the others," Lauer said, quoting Lochte from their phone conversation Wednesday. "As a matter of fact, we all feel it makes us look bad. We're victims in this and we're happy that we're safe."