Lochte and teammates suspended, will not visit White House

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Ryan Lochte of USA reacts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 11, 2016. Photo by David Gray/Reuters

Ryan Lochte of USA reacts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 11, 2016. Photo by David Gray/Reuters

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates have been suspended from the USA swim team, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced Thursday.

Lochte will also be required to give up $100,000 he earned in bonus money with his Olympic gold medal, the Associated Press reported.

The disciplinary actions come after Ryan Lochte and three other American Olympic swimmers vandalized a gas station and falsely reported an armed robbery to Brazilian police.

Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, James Feigen and Lochte have agreed to serve the suspensions. In addition, none of the four swimmers will be allowed to join Team USA for its White House visit in connection with the Rio 2016 Games.

Lochte has the longest list of suspensions. He is banned from all domestic and international USA Swimming national team competitions for 10 months, will receive no direct support or access to training centers or other facilities of the USOC and must complete 20 hours of community service.

Lochte is also ineligible for the 2017 FINA World Championships and will not receive a monthly stipend from USOC or USA Swimming during his suspension.
Bentz, Conger and Feigen received four-month suspensions and remain eligible for world championships.

“Unfortunately, this storyline took attention away from the athletes who deserved it the most,” USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus said in a statement. “These athletes took accountability for their mistakes and are committed to represent themselves and our country with the great character and distinction we expect.”

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