The swimmers attempted to flee in the waiting cab, but the driver had allegedly been instructed by the security guards to stay put. Reports indicate that the swimmers handed over cash to pay for the damages and then left the scene.
IOC spokesman Mario Andrada, who has given some amazing quotes during the Games, glossed over the entitlement of their actions when he spoke Thursday. "Let's give these kids a break," he said. "Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. They had fun, they made a mistake, it's part of life. Life goes on." His statement may lead many to forget that one of those kids, Lochte, is 32.
Bentz and Conger were released by Rio authorities after they were pulled off the plane but were instructed to stay in Rio to continue discussions. According to the Associated Press, they were the ones who first told the Rio authorities that the story had been fabricated.