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Local reaction to Lochte's Lie

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There is new turmoil over a story that's overshadowed Olympic competition this week.

American swimmer Ryan Lochte says he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint by men with police badges early on Sunday morning. Over the past four days, the swimmer's account has been questioned and Brazilian authorities have even tried to keep all of the involved athletes in the country as they investigate.

And now the truth comes out, no robbery happened at all as it was described. This is what Lochte originally had to say about the ordeal:

"I was with a couple swimmers, we were coming back from the France House, and we got pulled over in our taxi and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge. No lights, no nothing, just a police badge. They pulled us over, uh, they pulled out their guns. They told the other swimmers to get down on the ground, they got down on the ground. I refused. I was like "We didn't do anything wrong so I'm not getting down on the ground." And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and said "get down".

Today, Brazilian police say they have surveillance video which proves Lochte's story is all a lie and that one or more of the athletes actually vandalized a Rio gas station.

Opinions are scattered today after the world finds out Ryan Lochte lied about what happened in Rio. Some locals, here in Eastern Iowa say Lochte is getting too much attention, others say he is making America look bad.

Lochte's made up story starts at a Rio nightclub and continues to a gas station.

"My understanding is that he claimed someone pulled a gun on him, took their wallets, left their credentials and passport," said James White, Cedar Falls.

In surveillance video you can see Lochte and two other Olympic swimmers returning to the Olympic complex, where Lochte still had his wallet that he says was stolen.

"They didn't seem like they were frazzled at all," said White.

Brazilian police later learn Lochte lied.

"Why Ryan Lochte lied, I do not know, at all," said White.

At Pepper's, a sports bar in Cedar Falls, where locals can watch the Olympics, opinions on Ryan Lochte are not positive. 

"I don't agree that Ryan Lochte, as a role model for kids should lie, but on the flip side I don't think that every single aspect of his life should be scrutinized," said White.

"Well at first I didn't care, I thought it was a lame subplot to the whole Olympics, but now I understand why Rio would be mad," said Michael Moore, Cedar Falls. "It makes them look bad and it makes Americans look bad, it makes us look like a bunch of arrogant jerks who go out there and just destroy stuff that's not ours."

Many locals are truly embarrassed that Lochte represented the United States at the Olympics. One, even happy this is probably his last time competing.

"Ryan Lochte and all those swimmers just tarnished the greatest names in swimming by a stupid drunken mishap," said Moore.

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