Double standards: politicians and athletes

By: Josh Bozzick ~Guest Writer~

Ryan Lochte’s story about being robbed at gunpoint with three other U.S. swimmers at the Rio Olympics made worldwide news. An investigation ensued, and Rio de Janeiro police found evidence that showed Lochte as a liar. However, last week, USA Today looked into the matter and found that the Rio police exaggerated and fabricated details of the story.

USA Today found no evidence the swimmers ever went near the bathroom they reportedly vandalized and no vandalizing seemed to occur in the bathroom at all, aside from Lochte removing a loosely attached advertising sign from a wall. The four swimmers were held up at gunpoint by security guards at the station and were not released until paying the equivalent of $50. According to the report, Fernando Deluz, who served as the translator between the swimmers and the security guards, said, “because of the language barrier, the Americans might have believed they were being robbed.”

It isn’t foolish to presume that meaning can get lost in translation. The swimmers were quite inebriated, and if you’ve ever been inebriated, you would know that recalling details can be challenging. Consequently, Lochte did spin his version of the story and paid for it – literally. Last week, Lochte lost all four of his major endorsement deals with Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren, mattress maker Airweave and Gentle Hair Removal. Lochte paid a steep price for a lie, unlike our two presidential candidates.

Josh Bozzick is a guest writer for the Newswire. He is a senior finance major from Princeton, New Jersey.

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