Lochte, teammates barred from White House visit
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U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates are being barred from joining the U.S. Olympics team on its post-Olympics visit to the White House, The Associated Press reported Thursday.


The ban is part of the penalty Lochte and his teammates — Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen — will face after being involved in a drunken incident at a gas station in Brazil last month during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

After the incident, Lochte originally claimed he and his teammates were robbed at gunpoint.

The swimmer later said he had "over-exaggerated" the story and that he wanted to take "full responsibility" for the incident. He said he had "tarnished" the games and overshadowed the fans and other athletes competing.

Last month, Lochte was charged by Brazilian police with filing a false robbery report.

In addition to being barred from the White House visit, Lochte is also banned from professional swimming through next June and will lose the $100,000 in bonus money that comes with his Olympic gold medal.

“As we have said previously, the behavior of these athletes was not acceptable. It unfairly maligned our hosts and diverted attention away from the historic achievements of Team USA,” United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said, according to The Associated Press.

“Each of the athletes has accepted responsibility for his actions and accepted the appropriate sanctions.”