That was probably already enough of a twist to leave Law and Order staff writers saying that they wish they had thought of this themselves. But Wednesday night, Bentz and Conger were detained at the airport after they had already made it through customs. They were not named in the original request to hold the passports of Feigen and Lochte.
"We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities," a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee told the New York Times. "We are gathering further information."
Shortly after Conger and Bentz were detained,The Today Show's Matt Lauer reported that he had just spoken to Lochte, who says his return flight was his prescheduled flight. Lochte maintained that the story he told was accurate.
"He stuck to most of the story," Lauer continued. "He did change one thing. I would say he softened some things, or stepped back. One thing he did not say this time. He didn’t say he was pulled over by these people pretending to be police.
"They had gone to the bathroom in a gas station. They got back to the taxi and when they told the taxi driver to ‘go,’ he didn’t move. They said ‘let’s go again, we have got to get out of here’ and again the taxi driver didn’t move. And that is when he says two men approached the car with guns and badges."
Lochte also said that the gun wasn't held to his head. The alleged assailant "pointed the gun in [his] direction," according to Lauer's report. But he maintains that the rest of the story is as they told it initially. None of the other swimmers talked to the media Wednesday.