In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer that aired in part on Saturday evening, swimmer Ryan Lochte attempted to explain his role in falsely portraying a late-night incident involving him and three teammates at a Rio de Janeiro gas station last weekend. Lochte originally said he and his teammates (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen) were robbed at gunpoint, a version of events later discredited by Brazilian police.
“I over-exaggerated that story,” Lochte told Lauer on Saturday. “If I had never done that, we would never be in this mess. Those guys would never be in Rio – or were in Rio. None of this would’ve happened. It was my immature behavior.”