In the latest twist in the reported robbery of four American swimmers during the Olympic Games, a Brazilian judge on Wednesday reportedly ordered the passports of Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen seized as Rio authorities struggled to confirm the athletes’ account of getting robbed at gunpoint.
Lochte had already returned to the U.S. on Tuesday, according to several accounts.
But teammate Feigen, however, told the San Antonio Express-News that he is still in Rio.
“I can’t talk right now,” Feigen said. “I’m being s----stormed right now. I’m still in Brazil and (an interview) is going to have to wait.”
Feigen swam at the University of Texas and moved to Charlotte about a year ago to train for the Olympics.
David Marsh, head of the U.S. women’s swim team and Feigen’s coach in Charlotte, also confirmed that Feigen remains in Brazil and that Lochte had returned to the U.S.
Patrick Sandusky, chief external affairs officer of the United States Olympic Committee issued the following statement:
“Local police arrived at the Olympic Village this a.m. and asked to meet with Ryan Lochte and James Feigen and collect their passports in order to secure further testimony from the athletes. The swim team moved out of the village after their competition ended, so we were not able to make the athletes available.
“Additionally, as part of our standard security protocol, we do not make athlete travel plans public and therefore cannot confirm the athletes’ current location.
“We will continue to cooperate with Brazilian authorities.”