US swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is back in the headlines Wednesday, after admitting in an ESPN Magazine interview released Tuesday he contemplated suicide after his scandalous stint at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic games.
“After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world,” Lochte said. “There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, ‘If I go to bed and never wake up, fine.'”
Back in August, Lochte and other less well known members of the US swim team had a night on the town in Rio that resulted in the swimming star claiming he was robbed at gunpoint at a Rio gas station. Lochte sunk deeper into hot water when Rio officials vehemently denied the story, pressed charges against Lochte, and detaining two of the swimmers he was with.
After video evidence emerged corroborating the Brazilians’ side of the story, an embarrassed Lochte admitted to being “hammered” and apologized to the city of Rio and his teammates.
“You can be at the all-time high and then the next second the all-time low,” the swimmer said.
Thankfully the swimmer was able to push through the rough time he had post-Olympics, as he is now engaged, and expecting to soon be a happy father.
“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “Look, I was done with swimming back in 2013. I was drained, wiped out. Now I’ve found a new purpose with my son. This fire has been ignited, and it’s bigger than ever, and I’m just so excited because I know what’s going to happen in Tokyo. Everyone is going to have to watch out!”
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