One of the four U.S. Olympic swimmers involved with the now-infamous gas station incident called the group’s decision to pee outside was “regrettable.”
James Feigen, along with fellow swimmers Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, were accused of vandalizing a Rio gas station while returning from a party. The swimmers initially said that they’d been pulled out of a cab and robbed at gunpoint, but security footage from the gas station disproved this claim.
In a lengthy statement, Feigen admitted that he made a mistake by “omitting facts.”
“I was trying to protect my teammates and for this I apologize,” he said. “I would like to apologize for the serious distractions from the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro and Team USA.”
The real story appeared to be that a gas station worker, who had a gun, confronted the athletes after Lochte pulled a sign off the wall. Lochte also admitted that he “over-exaggerated” after he alleged that men who claimed to be police officers held a gun to his head.
Feigen denied authorities’ claims that he and his fellow athletes broke down the gas station’s bathroom door ― an incident that was not seen in security footage. Police also said the swimmers damaged a mirror and a soap dispenser.
The swimmers could face serious punishment over their behavior, including a suspension or ban from the sport. Lochte has already lostat least three sponsors over the controversy.