Better East Texas: Ryan Lochte's behavior in Rio

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The Olympics are over and not surprisingly, America brought home plenty of metal. But one story that rose in importance was the story of U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte.

Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers claimed they were robbed at gunpoint. In fact, Lochte went on camera in an interview and said a gun was pointed at his head by a group of men claiming to be policemen in Rio. But as time went on, the complete story came out and instead of being a victim, it appears that Lochte and the others were actually vandals.

The swimmers were out partying late one night in Rio and video evidence shows the swimmers doing some damage to a convenience store. Legitimate security guards did approach them and demanded they pay for the damages, which they did. But Lochte should have known better.

At 32 years old, he is one of the senior members of the U.S. Olympic team and he should have behaved as such by showing a little maturity and then by telling the complete – not over – exaggerated truth. Instead, Lochte acted like a brat and his actions have cost him major endorsement deals.

He is now faced with the prospect of an uncertain future and one that probably does not include any additional Olympic participation. While the Olympics are great examples of sportsmanship and hard work they are, in this case, a hard lesson in life and the fact that you will absolutely be held responsible for your actions and perhaps Ryan Lochte will emerge a better person from this experience.

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