Today’s Al Roker And Billy Bush Get Into Heated Debate Over Lochte Scandal

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Ryan Lochte appeared in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show this morning and apologized for “over-exaggerating” the events that transpired in Rio during the summer games.

“They (the people of Rio) put on a great Games. They did everything. And my immature, intoxicated behavior tarnished that a little,” Lochte said.

After Lochte’s teammates were pulled off a plane back to the US, questioned, had their passports seized and had to pay a fine before being released, Lochte released a public apology via Instagram from home. Many called him a coward for the way in which he spoke out.

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According to the interview posted today on, Matt Lauer feels Lochte takes full responsibility for his actions but I beg to differ. I feel had Rio officials not looked into the athletes’ claims, Rio would have a tarnished reputation that would have overshadowed the Rio Olympics. Lochte and his participating teammates were an embarrassment to Team USA and the world.

“I was very intoxicated. It was immature. It was childish,” Lochte said.

Over the weekend Today Show anchors Al Roker and Billy Bush got into a heated debate over Lochte’s actions. Billy claimed Lochte over-exaggerated while Al claimed Lochte flat out lied. Watch the debate and share your thoughts below. Did Lochte embellish or lie? Check out the video below.

In recent developments, Lochte has been dropped by Speedo USA. The company announced Monday it was dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed robbery.

In a brief statement, Speedo USA said it would donate $50,000 of Lochte’s fee to Save The Children to benefit needy youngsters in Brazil.

“While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for,” the swimsuit giant said. “We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience.”

To watch Matt Lauer’s exclusive interview with Ryan Lochte, see here.




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