U.S. gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology Friday for not being “more careful and candid” in how he described an incident, which led to Brazilian authorities to investigate what they later said was a concocted story of a robbery.
Lochte left the country earlier in the week, but his teammate were ordered to remain in the country to answer police questions. They left the country Thursday night.
“I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend — for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics,” Lochte wrote. But he didn’t fully address the allegations made by the authorities.
The swimmers still may face sanctions from USA Swimming or even face fines or suspension.