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Two U.S. swimmers pulled off plane in Rio: Lawyer

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by PHIL HELSEL

Two other U.S. Olympic swimmers who say they were with Ryan Lochte during an armed robbery in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, were pulled off a plane at Rio's airport, Lochte's attorney said Wednesday night.

Jeff Ostrow, a lawyer representing Lotche, said swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were taken off the plane.

He said the two men were not specifically named by a Brazilian judge who had wanted Lochte and fellow U.S. swimmer Jimmy Feigen passports seized, but now they are in limbo.

A Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil as authorities investigated their account of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio early Sunday by assailants dressed as police officers.

Lochte is already in the U.S. but Feigen is still in Brazil, the attorney said.

Multiple sources told NBC Sports that Conger and Bentz cleared security and were in their seats on the plane when authorities came on to the aircraft shortly before takeoff and removed the swimmers.

They are being held at the airport but are being treated well and cordially, the sources said. Authorities have indicated they don't want to hold the swimmers long, but do want to know what happened during the early morning robbery, the sources said.

The Brazilian judge said Lochte and Feigen gave contradictory accounts of the robbery, according to the court's statement. Lochte told police there was one robber, while Feigen said there were more, one of whom had a gun.

The men also said the robbery took place on the way home from a club, which they left at 4 a.m. But security video showed them leaving at a different time, the judge said.

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