2016 Olympics: U.S. swimmers released after being detained at airport in Rio

U.S. Olympic swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained at an airport in Rio after boarding their flight back to the United States. According to E! News and Patrick Sandusky, United States Olympic Committee spokesperson, Conger and Bentz were released by local authorities “with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday.”

This story comes in the midst of an investigation in which Ryan Lochte claims he and three other swimmers were held up and robbed at gunpoint while in Rio. When speaking to Today, Lochte explained: “We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground—they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so I’m not getting down on the ground.”

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