Ryan Lochte 'Dumbest Bell That Ever Rang'
'WaPo' columnist calls out swimmer for 'obliviousness'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2016 7:46 AM CDT
Ryan Lochte prepares for a race at the 2016 Summer Olympics on Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(Newser) – IOC spokesman Mario Andrada may think what went down in Rio with Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers was just boys being boys, but Sally Jenkins has an entirely different take on Lochte's reported exploits. In a scathing opinion piece for the Washington Post, Jenkins writes that the 32-year-old swimmer—whom she describes as "the dumbest bell that ever rang"—has been "caught in a riptide of self-absorption" that led him to party with teammates much younger than himself (and subsequently throw them under the bus), disrespect the Olympics host country, and display the complementary (but not complimentary) qualities of "asininity" and "obliviousness."

"I might have pulled a gun on them, too," Jenkins writes of Lochte and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and James Feigen for how the "bunch of entitled young drunks" allegedly trashed a Brazilian gas station. While she concedes the gas station security guard who supposedly pulled a gun on Lochte & Co. maybe should've taken it down a notch—and that Lochte may have legitimately been freaked out by the incident—Jenkins shakes her head at his arrogance and his aforementioned obliviousness in the face of hypersensitive Rio officials dealing with a slew of security issues under the mindful gaze of the entire world. Jenkins does take heart at the hit these events will likely take on Lochte's legacy. "Oblivion is what he deserves," she says. Read her entire piece at the Post.