If backpedaling were an Olympic sport, Ryan Lochte might have a 13th medal to add to his pile. Furthering the apology tour by the four American swimmers in Lochte's fantasy robbery at the Rio Games, Lochte tells NBC News that as for the version of events he spun last Sunday, in which an armed robber pointed a cocked weapon at his head, "That didn't happen and that's why—I over-exaggerated that part. And if I had never done that, we wouldn't be in this mess ... None of this would have happened. And it was my immature behavior." Asked the motivation for the lie, Lochte responded, "I don't know why. It was my fault and I shouldn't have said it."
A weapon was indeed pointed at him, but it was by security guards demanding the swimmers pay for the damage they caused at the gas station after arguing at length. "It's how you want to make it look like. Whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion, or us paying just for the damages, like, we don't know," Lochte responded. "All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction, and we were demanded to give money." Finally, an apology to Brazil: "They put on a great Games. The people of Rio or Brazil, the authorities, everyone there put on a great Games. And my immature behavior tarnished that a little, and I don't want that. I'm just really sorry and I hope they can accept my apology,"