Olympic US Swimmer Ryan Lochte said he and 3 teammates were robbed. The Brazilian authorities say their stories don’t match. And now we have video of the athletes entering a security gate on an early Sunday morning, after the alleged Sunday morning robbery, with some of the items that were allegedly stolen.
It turns out there is a strict curfew in the Olympic Village, though getting exact details on what that curfew might be has proved elusive. This is different from team curfews which require athletes to be in their quarters by a certain time. It is not known if the US swim team had any such curfews. But as for the village, it is designed to have everything the athletes could want, even copious amount of condoms.
The question that has been raised by Brazilian authorities is whether or not there was a robbery. American media have responded in kind- why would a world class Olympic athlete lie about being robbed, it’s not like he needs attention.
But is it possible that Lochte and company were VERY late for curfew and that they made up a story as an alibi for their tardiness? No doubt, if there is a curfew on getting back into the Olympic Village then there must be some sort of consequence for not getting back on time. Again, RAWE News has yet to sort out what those consequences might be.
The athletes entered the security gate at 6:56 AM, and other video showed them leaving a venue at 5:50 AM, despite stating they were robbed at 4 AM. Lochte told USA Today that they did not tell the US Olympic Committee about the incident because they were afraid they might get into trouble. This would make sense- breaking the curfew as they clearly did would indeed get them into trouble. But entering the gate and telling such a tale, if it is not true, might be enough to convince the security staff not to report them for breaking the curfew.
And that might be the point.
Or at least that might be the motive considered by the Brazilan judge who tried to seize their passports, too late. The Brazilian Authorities released the video of the athletes entering the Olympic village and argue that they do not look like people who have been robbed.
But the allegation, that the athletes were robbed by someone posing as a police officer, fits the modus operandi of criminals in Rio, and, indeed, reflects the reputation the local police have for corruption. The fact the athletes did not want to draw attention to their late arrival, and hence the fact they did not report the incident initially, explains the comment about not wanting to “get into trouble.”
And so it would seem someone is lying. The athletes or the Brazilian authorities. Though both parties have a reason to lie, the Brazilian police were especially embarrassed when the incident was first reported.
What has not been discussed by the media, however, is this curfew angle and how, yes, despite a healthy skepticism of the Brazilian “justice” system, there is at least SOME reason to doubt the veracity of the initial claim.