"The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable", U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said late Thursday night.
Lochte's statement came as criticism of him poured in for causing such a huge and unnecessary distraction at the world's premier sporting event, a competition watched by billions of people.
Mario Andrada, the spokesman for the local organizers of the Rio Games and the man who called the four swimmers "kids who were training under stress", says "We accept and appreciate his (Lochte) apology".
But police said the story was fabricated, saying the men were drunk and vandalized a gas station when they were confronted by security guards.
Instead, Lochte did just the opposite, writing: "It's traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country - with a language barrier - and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave". "I regret this situation has drawn attention away from the Olympics, which have been hosted so incredibly well by Brazil and its citizens". "The images do not show any kind of violence against them". When they realized there was no bathroom inside the gas station, Conger said they walked behind the gas station and urinated outside.
Phelps arrived back on American soil Wednesday morning, just days after Lochte and three other Team USA swimmers became the focus of an alleged robbery gone wrong.
Bentz and Conger were then given back their passports and left immediately. The group, as well as Olympic officials, publicly expressed disappointment and said they would further examine the matter.
In a settlement decision, a Brazilian judge ordered Feigen to pay 35,000 Reais (about $11,000) on Friday. After they were pulled off a USA -bound airliner for questioning Wednesday, their passports were seized and they spent hours at a police station before staying in Brazil for an extra night. But he didn't fully address the allegations made by the authorities.
Conger clarified that he was not considered a suspect by Brazilian police, only a witness, and said he was "completely truthful" in all of his statements.?
The US Olympic Committee chief Scott Blackmun has confirmed the Brazilian police's version of events. "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground - they got down on the ground".
Bentz said he is confident that more security footage will be released showing the accuracy of his account. Bentz and Conger answered questions for several hours at a Rio police station Thursday before flying out.
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