Let’s add appropriate information here, lest you be accused of spinning the narrative for your preferred agenda:
Lochte who was 32 at the time — lied that he was robbed at a gas station after a night of drunken fodder with his buddies during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. It was later established that not only was that false, but he had in fact vandalized the station’s bathroom. Even worse, the money he claimed was stolen from him was actually payment for the damage he had incurred.
This is essentially correct. However, it leaves out mitigating information, as follows. All of this, btw, if there was ever a court case in the US determining punishment for this matter, would be admissible:
- Lochte has been the “other face” of US Swimming for as long as the Michael Phelps era has existed; he is arguably the second best male US Swimmer of all time. During that time, while Phelps had two DWI’s, been photoed with a bong, skipped out on college, has a history of skipping practice, drinking, and belligerance when challenged about it, and fathered a child out of wedlock, Lochte has been a stellar citizen. Point here is that if one wants to write an essay using US Swimming and privilege, the essay perhaps should target Phelps, not Lochte; in a US Court of Law, Lochte would have character references; Phelps…..not many.
- Lochte was dead on his ass drunk at the time, does not speak Portugese, and is obviously unfamiliar with the differences between the Brazilian police uniforms and those worn by security guards. The first point is not admirable in the least, the second and third are simply situational. HOWEVER, (and you should read the USA Today report on this) when you put all those fact into the mix, the “lies” Lochte supposedly told to the police and the public …… kind of fall into the range of “ok, I can see how he might have thought what he was saying was true, under the circumstances.”
- More specifically, the USA Today investigation found no vandalism in the restroom; the sign Lochte tore down was outside, and nothing of any significant value. And, regarding the “robbery” claim:
A USA TODAY Sports videographer who visited the bathroom Thursday found no damage to soap dispensers and mirrors and said none of those items appeared to be new. Some media accounts suggested the men had broken down a door, which USA TODAY Sports also did not observe.
João Batista Damasceno, a Rio judge, does not discard the possibility that the guards’ actions could be rightly interpreted as a robbery. “If they only asked for the amount of the damage, it may not be a robbery,” Damasceno said in a message to USA TODAY Sports. “But if the amount taken is higher than the value of the damages, with the use of a weapon by the ‘security,’ this is robbery.”
Damasceno added that even if someone has the right to receive compensation, that does not mean they can determine the amount on their own and take actions such as drawing guns to collect. Brazilian law rarely allows for a person to obtain such a payment through the use of their own force — such disputes should be mediated by the state, he said.
At any rate, the mitigating information makes your conclusion….
Lochte was crucified for his tyrant behavior especially since it was obvious that as a White American male — he instinctively relied on that security as a way to lobby his reputation and prove his ability to override the wrong that he purposely instituted.
…to be nothing more than opinion stated as fact. (As for how well he did with this “overriding the wrong”, see below).
Lochte and his henchmen were regulated as “32-year-old kids.” A familiarly comfortable way to address how White men logically misbehave without much of a thought process — just like a child who believes that his environment is dedicated to his mandated chaos.
Well, first off, two of his “henchmen” (usually referred to as “teammates”), were college kids, lost their USA Swimming stipends, were suspended for four months, and have had other penalties laid on them by their universities. Feigen is 27, got the same penalties.
Now, let’s add what penalties were affixed to Lochte, keeping in mind that at age 32, he is well beyond the shelf life of male swimmers who race more than 50m races:
- He lost an annual cash flow of around a quarter of a million a year from endorsements.
- He was not just suspended for 10 months; he was banned from the 2017 World Championships, which are outside the 10 month period.
So, he lost his financial livelihood, and USA Swimming gave him what is for all intents and purposes a death sentence to his career. There’s not another World Championships until 2019.
How’d that White Privilege thing work out for him, do you think? Personally, I think it could be argued that his punishment was over the top for the actions committed.