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NBC to Air Ryan Lochte Interview with Matt Lauer for First Sit-Down Since Rio Robbery Scandal

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Ryan Lochte will talk to Matt Lauer on NBC about the story that he and his fellow U.S. swimmers fabricated — they originally claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics.

Portions of the interview will air Saturday night during NBC’s Nightly News and prime time Olympics coverage, and the rest will air Monday, Aug. 22 on “Today.”

Lochte claimed that he and three teammates —James Feigen, Jack Conger, and Gunnar Bentz — were robbed in a taxi while heading to the Olympic Village on Sunday morning by two men with guns and badges.

Brazilian police said Thursday that Lochte and his teammates were not robbed at gunpoint, as they had insisted, but instead vandalized a gas station bathroom and got into a confrontation with an armed security guard.

Lochte issued an apology on Friday in a tweeted statement that said, “I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend.”