U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and some of his teammates have caused an international drama after Lochte reported the group was robbed at gunpoint after leaving a hospitality room at the Rio Olympics. Lochte had said that men posing as police had robbed the group of American swimmers after they left a gas station. However, ABC News reports that, according to Brazilian authorities, surveillance video at the gas station shows one of the men in a fight and police suspect they might have made up the robbery story in order to cover it up. A Brazilian judge ordered the men's passports confiscated until authorities could straighten out the story and figure out what happened. However, Lochte, the high-profile Olympic medalist, was already back in the United States, where he continued to give television interviews insisting the men were robbed. The other U.S. swimmers involved in the purported caper were Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen. Feigen told a Texas newspaper that the men were robbed, and he is still in Brazil. Bentz and Conger were pulled off a plane by Brazilian authorities who wanted to obtain their statements before allowing them to leave the country. The judge raised questions about contradictions in the men's stories as well as their apparently calm demeanor on security video that showed them returning to the Olympic village. Not surprisingly, the robbery caper provoked a series of humorous memes, jokes, and Tweets on social media, especially once it started to fall apart. It's not clear which swimmer was fighting in the purported gas station video. TMZ reports, "Local reports in Brazil say the swimmer was going berserk in the bathroom -- and the security guard, who worked for the gas station, confronted him ... and the two began fighting." Brazilian police told The New York Times and other media outlets that they do not believe the robbery occurred. Rio federal police have recommended that Lochte and Feigen face charges of false reporting of a crime, but sources close to the swimmers insisted to ABC News that the swimmers were held up by gunman until they gave money.
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