The United States Olympic Committee first reported that Olympic swimming star Ryan Lochte was robbed at gunpoint in Rio De Janeiro, which Lochte later confirmed
Here’s what Lochte said to NBC about the ordeal:
“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.
“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, “Get down,” and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”
International Olympic Committee originally denied the robbery took place
A spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee originally denied that the robbery even took place, calling the reports, “absolutely not true.” The spokesperson later had to apologize, and cited confusion around the initial reports of the robbery.
Ryan Lochte robbery highlights lack of safety in Rio
Rio De Janeiro is a dangerous city, and Brazil is a dangerous country. 40,000 Brazilians are killed every year in gun related violence. It’s gotten so bad, that there is a controversial new game called ‘Run Gringo Run’ that pokes fun at the high crime rate, and Portugal’s Education Minister was recently robbed at knifepoint in Rio.
Numbeo provides evidence of the massive crime rate. Rio’s drug crime, property crime (vandalism, theft), violent crime (assault, armed robbery), and corruption, are all listed as very high.
It may turn out that mosquitos carrying Zika wasn’t the biggest threat to the Olympics, instead, it was good old-fashioned human crime.