Jimmy Feigen, Ryan Lochte may face charges in Brazil for false reporting of crime

Ezra Siegel

Rio de Janeiro authorities recommend charging former Longhorn Jimmy Feigen and Team USA Swimmer Ryan Lochte of false reporting of a crime, ABC News reported.

Feigen and Lochte, along with Texas junior swimmer Jack Conger and Team USA swimmer Gunnar Bentz, claimed to have been robbed by armed individuals posing as police outside the Olympic village on Saturday night.

However, two anonymous swimmers admitted to Brazilian police that their testimony was fabricated, according to the Los Angeles Times. Their admission came after police became skeptical of the swimmers’ testimony after failing to find witnesses or evidence of the robbery. Additionally, a video of the swimmers vandalizing a gas station bathroom emerged Thursday morning.

Lochte is back in the United States, according to his lawyer. But the other three remain in Rio after Brazilian judge Keyla Blanc de Cnop issued an order Wednesday to seize the swimmers’ passports and pull them off their flights.

Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee, said in a statement the three swimmers are “cooperating with authorities and in the process of scheduling a time and place today to provide further statements to the Brazilian authorities.”

Lochte’s lawyer Jeff Ostrow said Brazilian officials have not contacted Lochte since he gave his testimony on Sunday, according to ABC News. He said Lochte was not asked to stay in the country.

"The authorities know how to get in touch with me, and we would cooperate," Ostrow said. "But I haven't heard from anyone."

This story has been updated since its publication.