Ryan Lochte is not very bright. He’s currently the global symbol for “The Ugly American”. Yesterday, he lost all four of his four major sponsors.
A week after the first news broke of Lochte’s tale of a late night “Heat” style taxi ambush where he and his teammates were pulled out of their cab and robbed at gunpoint, Lochte’s account of the Hollywood style robbery has been disproven, and he’s been pilloried in all media circles and Public Enemy #1 on social media.
Although Lochte’s account of the events was a lie, facts have come to light that the gas station security guards did, in fact, draw guns on Lochte and his teammates and did demand money for unspecified damages, which it turns out were exaggerated or entirely made up.
USA Today reported that after inspecting the gas station where the incident occurred, they found no evidence of any vandalism, which calls into question the Brazilian authorities account that Lochte and his crew were on a torrential path of destruction that had to be stopped by drawing guns.
Today in The Herd, Colin said that Lochte is definitely a moron, but his biggest crime is bad timing. Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps has done a lot worse than Lochte, and it’s not even close. He just didn’t do it during the one time every four years when every one is watching.
“Ryan Lochte lost all four major sponsors in one day yesterday, it was all about timing. Michael Phelps has two DUI’s. He’s got all his sponsors. He put your kids in danger. He put my kids in danger. He put you in danger. Two DUI’s. Behind a wheel. Gassed. But, Michael Phelps knows when to get in trouble. And Michael Phelps knows that we only care about swimming, and only care about swimmers for three weeks every four years.”
So, is an Olympic swimmer peeing on a bathroom floor while wasted in Brazil as bad as one that gets two Dueys? It is if you do it at the Olympics and compound the situation by acting like a total weasel. Bad timing bro.