Ryan Lochte apologizes about Olympics robbery story

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- UPDATE: U.S swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologized for his behavior surrounding a late-night incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more careful and candid about how he described what happened.

Lochte said in a lengthy post on Instagram Friday that he was apologizing for his role in taking the focus away from other Olympic athletes.

The 12-time gold medalist reiterated his view that a stranger pointed a gun at him and demanded money to let him leave.

But Lochte says he should have handled himself more responsibly.

Brazil police have said Lochte lied by saying he and three other swimmers were robbed. They vandalized a gas station bathroom and were confronted by security guards.

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What started out as a confusing and even somewhat amusing story has turned criminal.

American swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen have been indicted by Rio de Janeiro authorities on charges of false reporting of a crime.

Lochte and Feigen were among a group of four U.S. swimmers which originally reported that they were robbed at gun point by individuals posing as police.

In the days since the incident their story has come into question, it has been alleged by Rio police that the swimmers had possibly vandalized a gas station bathroom before lying about the incident to authorities.

Lochte was ordered to remain in Brazil on Wednesday, only for authorities to discover he'd already hopped on a flight back to the United States. On Wednesday night, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger -- the other two swimmers involved in the incident -- were sitting on their plane on the tarmac as Brazilian authorities took them off their U.S.-bound plane for further questioning.

Until Wednesday night, Feigen was still missing. But he is now with authorities and wants to return home, according to USA Today.

Brazilian police held a press conference on Thursday afternoon to make their message clear. Although the investigation is still ongoing, as far as authorities are concerned, Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint by men posing as police officers.

A closed-circuit gas station video of Lochte, Feigen, Bentz and Conger has been obtained by authorities in Brazil and is still under analysis. The video purportedly shows one of the four men in question breaking a door down at the gas station before a fight develops between one of the swimmers and a security guard.