By now, you’ve probably heard about the Ryan Lochte scandal from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Numerous articles popped up as it all went down and the story changed. Most of the stories were breaking down the details of what happened or trying to figure out why Lochte lied. But we were left wondering, what do the citizens of Brazil think?
In case you missed what happened, here’s a quick timeline of the situation that kept all eyes glued to Rio. Ryan Lochte, a swimmer on the US Olympic team, and three other swimmers went out partying in Rio. The next day, Lochte revealed that he had been held up at gunpoint and robbed that night. However, the story was a little fishy and some of the swimmers’ stories weren’t adding up.
In the following days, Rio police struggled to find evidence of the robbery. Instead, they found that Lochte and the other swimmers stopped at a gas station after leaving the party to use the bathroom. Somehow they damaged the door of the bathroom and got in an argument with the armed guards at the gas station. The guards demanded payment for the damaged door and once the athletes paid they were allowed to leave. Lochte had already landed back in the US while this whole new story was being uncovered.
He has since apologized but lost a few major sponsorships and received a 10 month suspension from the United States Olympic Committee.
But now that the dust has settled and Rio has emptied of athletes and media personnel, what do the people that are left behind think of the whole situation?
Our crew in São Paulo, Brazil took on the challenge of finding out just that. We wanted to give Brazilians the opportunity to address Lochte directly and say exactly what’s been on their minds this whole time. Some people are more forgiving than others and many were just left confused.
When given the chance to write a little letter to Lochte himself, Brazilian’s jumped at the chance. Thoughts ranged from “you can’t mess around here in Brazil,” to “you are so incredibly dumb.”
Check out what the people of Sao Paulo had to say in this video. #QueridoRyan