Report: Brazil could seek jail time against Ryan Lochte and another U.S. swimmer Al Bello/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Michael Phelps of the United States shakes hands with Ryan Lochte of the United States after winning the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The reported robbery of Ryan Lochte has taken yet another bizarre turn as the investigation continues.

According to Daily Mail, authorities are inestigating a possible “false communication of a crime,” which carries a maximum three-year jail sentence in Brazil.

While Lochte is already out of the country, Jimmy Feigen’s status is unknown, per the report. He had been in Rio on Tuesday, but it’s unknown if he left before the judge’s orders came down to seize their passports.

In equally surprising news, it is already being reported that Lochte has indeed left Brazil and returned home to the United States.

This all occurs after Lochte — along with the rest of his relay team — had reportedly been robbed at gunpoint in Rio early on Sunday morning.

From NBC News:

?We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,? Lochte said. ?They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground ? they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn?t do anything wrong, so ? I?m not getting down on the ground.”


Reports originally conflicted on whether Lochte was indeed robbed, and later reports show that the Rio police seriously doubt whether the crime happened. According to Rio police, Lochte and his teammates never reported the crime, and the unit only began investigated after a report from Lochte’s mother indicated that he had been robbed.

In more damning evidence, the Daily Mail has obtained video of Lochte arriving at the athletes’ village on Sunday, with at least some of his belongings with him.

Lochte claims that his money and wallet had been taken, but that he was able to retain his cell phone and credentials in the robbery.

?And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ?Get down,? and I put my hands up, I was like ?whatever.? He took our money, he took my wallet ? he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.


The video above appears to show Lochte with his credentials, and what may either be a phone or a wallet. It is not completely clear what else he may have with him in the video.

Brazil police are still investigating the situation, but if Lochte is indeed out of the country and back in the United States, then it will be interesting to see just how far it continues.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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