Ryan Lochte sat down with Matt Lauer last Saturday night to give his first sit-down TV interview since authorities accused him of fabricating his robbery story. Later held nothing back as he calls out Lochte for his “dumb behavior” and spreading lies.
In the clip below, Lauer reminds a visibly uncomfortable Lochte that in a previous interview, Lochte explicitly referred to himself as a “victim,” and asks him how he feels about the Rio police department’s description of him as a “vandal.”
“It’s how you wanna make it look like,” he told Lauer. “Whether you call it a robbery or extortion or us paying just for the damages. All we know was there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money.”
Lauer, who was having none of Lochte’s equivocation, brought up the severe differences between both versions of Ryan’s story regarding the incident. When he first spoke to Lauer, Ryan painted himself the victim, but now his story reveals that he paid off Brazilians involved to cover up the swimmer’s “dumb behavior.”
“I don’t know why,” Lochte said about his exaggerations. “It was hours after the incident happened [when I spoke to Billy Bush], I was still intoxicated. I’m not making that an excuse. I shouldn’t have said that. I over-exaggerated that part. The gun was drawn but it wasn’t at my forehead.”
“I definitely had to much to drink that night and I was intoxicated and none of this would have happened if I hadn’t done that,” he continued.
Lochte kept repeating how “immature” his behavior had been and how sorry he was, saying it was trying to learn from his actions.
“I don’t want them to look at me, he was a drunk frat boy or whatever,” he said. “Everyone is watching my immature antics and I’m just I’m embarrassed.”
Lochte would go on to apologize to the people or Rio, saying they had put on “a great Games” and he didn’t want to take away from that.