Lochte in Line for Long Suspension

IOC, USA Swimming will ban him for 10 months
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2016 1:19 AM CDT
Ryan Lochte to Be Slapped With 10-Month Suspension
In this Aug. 9, 2016 photo, United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Ryan Lochte has been hit with a 10-month suspension for his behavior in Rio, sources tell USA Today, CNN, and other outlets. The punishment handed down by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, and USA Swimming also includes a ban from 2017's world championship meet in Budapest, sources say, meaning he won't compete in another world championship until 2019, when he will be 35. Police in Rio have charged Lochte with filing a false robbery report over his claim to have been robbed at a gas station after a drunken night out with teammates.

The sources say the suspension will be publicly announced on Thursday, along with lesser punishments for fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and James Feigen. Lochte's suspension is longer than the six months Michael Phelps received in 2014 for his second DUI arrest, and sources tell TMZ that some USOC members think Lochte is being too harshly punished. Lochte, who will appear in the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars, has lost several major sponsors over the Rio episode, though he has gained sponsorship from Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops, which says it is "forgiving to your throat" and the public should forgive Lochte, the Guardian notes. (More Ryan Lochte stories.)

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