You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ryan Lochte Suspended for 10 Months in Wake of Rio Robbery Scandal

Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months from all swimming competitions after making a false robbery report at the Rio Olympics, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced on Thursday. The disciplinary measures for Lochte and fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and James Feigen are effective immediately.

“As we have said previously, the behavior of these athletes was not acceptable. It unfairly maligned our hosts and diverted attention away from the historic achievements of Team USA,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Each of the athletes has accepted responsibility for his actions and accepted the appropriate sanctions. We look forward to focusing our energy on the Paralympic Games and the incredible men and women representing our country in Rio.”

Lochte faces the most serious consequences following the scandal, with a 10 month suspension from domestic and international USA Swimming national team competitions, including the 2017 National Championships. He is also required to serve 20 hours of community service.

Bentz, Conger, and Feigen were dealt a less-grave four-month suspension. In addition, Bentz will be required to serve 10 hours of community service for violating the USA Swimming Olympic Village curfew placed on athletes under 21.

Additionally, all four Olympians must adhere to the following restrictions:

1. During the suspension, no monthly stipend from USA Swimming or the USOC.
2. During the suspension, no direct support or access to training centers or other facilities of the USOC.
3. Forfeits all USOC and USA Swimming medal funding for his gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.
4. Not permitted to join Team USA for its White House visit in connection with the Rio 2016 Games.
5. Not permitted to attend USA Swimming’s annual “Golden Goggles” event in 2016.

Following the scandal, Lochte was dropped by his sponsors, including Speedo, Ralph Lauren, and skincare line Syneron Candela. He has since offered a mea culpa.

Lochte, who will compete on this season’s “Dancing With the Stars,” has yet to comment on the suspension.

2016 Olympics: The Biggest Controversies to Come Out of Rio

More Biz

  • Sammy Shore Dead: Comedy Store Co-Founder

    Sammy Shore, Co-Founder of The Comedy Store, Dies at 92

    Sammy Shore, the well-known stand-up comedian who co-founded The Comedy Store in Hollywood, died in Las Vegas, Nev. from natural causes. He was 92. Shore founded The Comedy Store with writing partner Rudy Deluca on April 7, 1972. His ex-wife, Mitzi Shore, took ownership of the club in the divorce settlement, and the venue went [...]

  • Outlander Season 4 Finale

    What CBS' Pursuit of Starz Means for CBS, Lionsgate

    CBS’ effort to buy pay TV service Starz from Lionsgate seems on the surface to be a head scratcher. CBS has told Wall Street for years that it has prospered because it brings only two must-have services to the table in negotiations with MVPDs, allowing the Eye to drive a hard bargain. Why would CBS [...]

  • Dana Brunetti

    Dana Brunetti Sues to Block Season 2 of 'Manhunt'

    Producer Dana Brunetti filed suit on Friday seeking to block the second season of the anthology series “Manhunt,” which is set to dramatize the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Brunetti sued Lionsgate, the production company, as well as Discovery Communications and Charter Communications. Brunetti, the producer of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and many other [...]

  • PledgeMusic Sends Message to Artists, Offers

    PledgeMusic Sends Message to Artists, Offers Data From Platform

    PledgeMusic, the direct-to-fan marketplace that is headed into administration (the British equivalent of bankruptcy), today posted a note to artists and fans, offering the ability for artists to download their data from the platform. A source tells Variety that more information will be coming once an administrator is named — when that happens, at some [...]

  • Spanish actress and member of the

    AIG and AS Talents Announce Agency Tie-Up (EXCLUSIVE)

    David Unger’s talent, management and branding venture, Artist International Group, has partnered with AS Talents in France, which represents leading European performers Jean Reno, Christian Clavier, Elza Zylberstein and Rossy de Palma. Paris-based AS Talents is headed by Alexandra Schamis. The move, announced Friday on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, is the latest [...]

  • I.M. Pei dead

    I.M. Pei, Architect of CAA Building and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dies at 102

    I.M. Pei, the architect behind the CAA building in Beverly Hills and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, died on Thursday. He was 102. One of the most famous architects of his time, Pei designed numerous famous buildings around the world before retiring in 1990. Born in China, he moved to the United States [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content