Despite U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s tearful apology following the earlier scandal at Rio, the #LochteGate story isn’t ending just yet. According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Lochte and his three companions in the incident – swimming teammates Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger – will face disciplinary action for their involvement in the fake-robbery incident.

Sanctions are forthcoming, but USOC not telling what they are

In a statement released Sunday, USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said that the four swimmers “let down our athletes,” let down America as a whole, and let down the hosts of the 2016 Rio Olympics, considering the “wonderful job” they did in organizing the Games.

He expressed relief that there has been some closure on the incident, but stressed that Lochte, Bentz, Conger, and Feigen will be receiving disciplinary action in time. The exact nature of the sanctions was not elaborated on.

Lochte takes ownership, but doesn’t fully admit to cover-up

Speaking to NBC’s Matt Lauer, Lochte said that he takes “full responsibility” for what had happened at Rio, and that he admits to making gross exaggerations about his story. Originally, he had claimed that he and his teammates were robbed by armed men falsely identifying themselves as policemen, but surveillance footage and a subsequent investigation proved that the four men had actually destroyed a public bathroom at a gas station, and had paid for the damages before leaving.

Still, Lochte didn’t seem to be too eager to admit he had tried to cover up the night of debauchery with a fake story of an armed robbery. He said the incident is “how you want to make it look like” – it may be a robbery or a case of extortion or the swimmers paying for property damages, but the bottom line is that somebody had pointed a gun toward them and asked for their money.

Ryan Lochte dishonored Brazil most of all

USOC CEO Blackmun’s statements also stressed that Lochte had primarily dishonored the 2016 Olympics’ host country Brazil, as his false story had diverted attention from the actual Games. He said that mistakes made while representing the U.S. in a foreign country will be magnified, and that it will be “very difficult” for anyone to live these mistakes down.

Despite this, Lochte says he hopes to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. By that time, he will be 36 and very well past the average age of Olympic swimmers. But most of all, there’s a very good chance he still may be remembered as “Lyin’ Ryan,” the 30-something “bro” wholed his younger teammates on a wild evening of partying, and ultimately destruction of public property.

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