It has finally ended, after weeks of lies, drama, and negative PR for Ryan Lochte. The swimmer, whose twelve Olympic medals puts him only behind Michael Phelps in the all-time American list, went from being the goofy “bro” athlete with reality show appearances and an Eminem-esque hairdo to the subject of countless negative news reports and social media posts. And it was all because he had lied about a robbery incident that had allegedly taken place at a gas station, during the 2016 Rio Olympics.Now, it appears as if #LochteGate can finally be put behind us, as Lochte will be serving a ten-month suspension for lying about the gas station incident, which was initially painted asa series of alcohol-fueled acts of vandalism and property damage.

Lochte gets harshest punishment among those involved in Rio flap

Speaking under the condition of anonymity as the suspension has yet to be made public, an unnamed source told USA TODAY Sports earlier today that Lochte, 32, will not be allowed to compete for 10 months per the terms of his suspension. He will also be missing the 2017 World Championship event, which takes place in July at Budapest. This punishment was meted not only by USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee, but also by the International Olympic Committee itself.

USA TODAY’s source added that, perhaps not surprisingly, Lochte’s suspension trumps that of the three other American swimmers he was with during the Rio incident.

The other swimmers involved were Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen, all of whom will also be serving suspensions for a yet-unspecified amount of time.The USOC and USA Swimming are expected to make the announcement official on Thursday.

Brazilian authorities exaggerated claims of vandalism and property damage

While initial reports had painted a one-sided picture of Lochte and his fellow swimmers as the bad guysandcocky American athletes taking advantage of the conditions at Rio, more recent reports have suggested that the city’s law enforcement officials also exaggerated their story quite a bit.

For example, Rio police chief Fernando Veloso had referred to the incident as a case of “vandalism,” claiming that they broke into the gas station restroom and destroyed a mirror and soap dispenser. But that wasn’t exactly what had happened, according to USA TODAY Sports.

The publication, citing witnesses and surveillance recordings from the gas station, said that these statements and videos were consistent with what Bentz said, which was that no one had actually vandalized the restroom. USA TODAY’s investigation also noted that security guards did prevent the swimmers from leaving the gas station in the taxi they were riding, and that they were held at gunpoint, not as a robbery, but in order for them to pay $50 for damaging the gas station sign.

As Brazil law does not allow people to make their own determination of property damages, nor does it allow people to point guns when collecting payment, legal experts, including a judge from Brazil, told USA TODAY that it may have, in fact, been the security guards that were doing something illegal.

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