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U.S. Swimmer James Feigen Says Peeing Outside Rio Gas Station Was 'Regrettable'

"I would like to apologize for the serious distractions from the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro and Team USA," he said.
USA swimmer James Feigen, who's accused of vandalizing a Rio gas station and lying about being robbed, has issued a mea
USA swimmer James Feigen, who's accused of vandalizing a Rio gas station and lying about being robbed, has issued a mea culpa.

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. 

Read his full statement here

The swimmers could face serious punishment over their behavior, including a suspension or ban from the sport. Lochte has already lost at least three sponsors over the controversy.

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