WTVM Editorial 8/19/16: Ryan Lochte’s lies

WTVM Editorial 8/19/16: Ryan Lochte’s lies

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has a gold medal for the 4x200 freestyle relay.

How sad then, that what he's currently famous for appears to be lying to police about being robbed at gunpoint in Brazil.

Adding to the ugliness of the incident is that Lochte admitted he was intoxicated during the incident.

Then there is the fact that Lochte is no "kid" - he's 32 years old, and it manages to make his bad behavior seem even worse if that's possible.

Most Olympic athletes are men and women of excellent character, like the two women runners who collided on the track and fell, but helped each other up and over the finish line.

Those women are true Olympians.

Contrast that with swimmer Ryan Lochte: who couldn't just take his gold and silver medals and go home, proud of his athletic achievements and hold his head up high.

No, instead he had too much to drink, appeared to make up a story about an armed robbery, may have participated in vandalism and is old enough to know better.

He has finally issued the predictable apology and admitted he exaggerated the story - but that doesn't erase his legacy of bad choices and lack of personal responsibility.

Ryan Lochte's behavior proves he is not the portrait of an Olympic role model – a once in a lifetime opportunity.

He worked hard in the pool to win his medals, but his actions have drowned that effort.

Sad to say, but he is a loser…and it has nothing to do with his athletic abilities.


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