USA swimmer criticizes Lochte, says Rio gas station guards demanded money
(FoxNews.com) - One of four U.S. Olympic swimmers who were part of a now-infamous incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station said Friday that he never lied about being robbed.
In a statement, Gunnar Bentz said that he and teammates Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, and Jack Conger had guns drawn on them by two security guards after the swimmers "foolishly relieved ourselves" behind the gas station after a night partying with fellow athletes.
"The first security guard held a badge to me and drew his handgun," Bentz said, adding that he yelled at two teammates who were walking away to come back. "Then the second guard drew his weapon and both guards pointed their guns at us and yelled at us to sit on a nearby sidewalk."
Bentz also supported Lochte's claim that the guards demanded money from the swimmers. Ultimately, Bentz said he and Feigen paid the equivalent of about $50. At that point, he said, the guards lowered their guns and the Americans were allowed to leave.
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