Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ryan Lochte Apologizes for His 'Behavior,' Says He Learned 'Lessons'



Ryan Lochte - UGLY AMERICAN

Two images from last week have been haunting me.  One is of Olympian swimmer Ryan Locate. A 32 year old "kid" who epitomizes the arrogance and hubris of some of our professional American Olympian athletes.  The other is the image of a five year old Syrian boy who was pulled bloodied and covered in dust from the rubble in his home that was bombed in Aleppo, Syria. 

Oman Daqneesh

The one kid has known nothing his whole life other than deprivation and war. The other "kid" (32 years old) has lived a life of privilege and adulation. 


Both "kids" were in trouble last week.  Oman lost his home, and his brother.  He is homeless.

The other "kid" was caught in a massive LIE.  Ryan Lochte said he and his fellow swim teammates were robbed at gunpoint after a night of partying on the town at the Rio Olympics. 

Turns out Lochte and his teammates weren't robbed at all.  The full story still isn't out but what we know so far that has slowly dribbled out the past week is that the gray haired dyed Ryan and his fellow Olympic swimming teammates Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, after a booze filled night of partying, approached a local Rio Brazilian gas station and vandalized it by urinating on the wall and tearing down a sign.  


The dyed haired Lochte with the other "kid",  31 year old Michael Phleps


Lochte said he had a gun "put to his head" and was robbed.  Turns out what happened was that the security guards at the Shell gas station confronted Lochte and his frat boy pals about the vandalization.  The security guards do admit a gun was drawn, apparently to show them they were serious about holding "the boys" responsible for tearing down the door to the gas station rest room.

After the initial "robbery" incident, their story started to show inconsistencies.  When confronted with these inconsistencies, Lochte said:

"It's how you want to make it look like, whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion or us paying just for the damages, we don't know.  All we know is there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money."

This morning Lochte issued a more contrite apology after he realized that his million dollar money making ability of endorsing products may be affected ("may"?) by creating an international incident where is now epitomizes and reinforces the Ugly American images that is so prevalent to our South American neighbors.  He said he apologized "110%" and produced fake tears to prove his "sincerity."  

Ryan, here's my message for you:  you f-cked up BIG TIME.  It's OVER.  And no thanks to you for ruining the Olympics for those true athletes who have sacrificed to much to go to and compete in the Olympics. Not only the American athletes (by the way, I'm an American that thinks the Olympics for all countries, not just the "USA! USA!" crowd to be covered disproportionally in the American media) but for those thousands of international athletes who did not have the privileged life that some of our American athletes have.  

When the Olympics started I vowed not to write anything about the Olympics because, frankly I can't stand the Olympics now.  The American coverage is one sided, packed with commercials, time delayed and too many soft feature focus stories about how the Olympic athletes faced such "hardships" to get where they are now, representing out country at these international games. At one time in the distant past I used to look forward to watching the Olympics on TV.  That was when most the events were televised in real time and all the countries were covered more or less equally.  At time when the commentators didn't pig up the airwaves by talking incessantly, giving "background" while the athletes competed.  And also while the athletes were amateurs.

Then came a decision some years ago to have professional athletes take over our participation in the Olympics, probably as a rest of the knowledge that the then Soviet Union and East European countries like East Germany had government subsidized athletes competing who regularly beat our American athletes.  Nothing was more distressing to me than to see our giant professional basketball players like Charles Barkley, Scotty Pippen and Magic Johnson take to the Olympic courts to represent the best of our country. 

The "Dream Team" 
Sure, they're excellent basketball players, they're professional.  Guess what? They won the Olympic gold medals at the 1992 Olympics that were held in Barcelona, Spain. Big surprise that they beat they opponents by an average of 44 points. This year's American "Dream Team" were so special that they didn't even deign to stay in the Olympic village, instead opting to stay on a luxury ocean liner berthed in the Rio harbor. 


Well folks, I'm going on longer here than I intended but I had to get this off my chest.  

I'll be truthful with you when I tell you that I despise Michael Phelps and his like.  Arrogant and clueless, not appreciating the good fortune that this country has afforded them. Oh don't worry about Phelps and Lochte, they already have their millions from past endorsements.  They both still live at home with their mommies, even though they're both in their early thirties.  They will still have their adoring girlie fans (and probably even a few gay guys but not this one, that's for sure).  Their privileged life goes one, albeit Locate's future earning potential probably has been affected "a bit" by his Big Lie.  I shed no tears for him.

This is who I shed tears for:


23 comments:

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    1. Mike,
      I can't emphasize how disgusted I am with the likes of Ryan Locate. His type have totally ruined the Olympics for me. That and the NBC coverage which is so manipulated to get the maximum commercial exposure.
      Ron

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    2. The ratings we down this time. Now that everyone gets their info on the wide world of web. HA I can't enjoy it on NBC. We will watch the closing ceremony later tonight, prerecorded. I am sure they will not stop talk for even one second during the closing show. Rio put on a great Olympics but NBC is one hot mess.

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    3. Lochte follows the same routine as they all do. First stick to their story - then, when found out, they're ever so sorry. And he wants sympathy? Pathetic!

      Must admit that I've revelled in these Olympics and am now preparing for the onset of 'cold turkey'.
      But we Brits had and have loads to celebrate. Our best Games in over 100 years (when there were only 20 odd countries competing anyway), outdoing London in 2012 - coming SECOND in the medals table, even beating China! (In Atlanta 1996 we got just the one measly - though worthy - gold medal, and finished 37th!) Roll on Tokyo 2020! (Whether I'll be around to see it is a moot point, but I've every intention of doing so.)

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    4. Ray,
      I just found out this morning that GB came in second! Congratulations! Of course our American coverage by NBC doesn't highlight that fact because NBC's coverage is only interested in how the Americans do. That's just one of my many complaints about American coverage, NBC doesn't give proper coverage to the other countries. I don't watch the Olympics anymore because of the one sided and over commercialization of the NBC American coverage. If I had the live coverage and mostly uninterrupted coverage like you Brits had, I would probably watch again. But then again maybe not because of all the professional athletes who compete. All the magic is gone now.
      Ron

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  2. I promised myself that I wouldn't watch the Olympics this time around, but I did - and I'm sorry I wasted my time. It is absolutely NOTHING like it used to be. The entire original concept has vanished and is now replaced with merciless commercialization and total bullshit.

    Ryan Lochte thoroughly disgraced our country - and is now boo-hooing his way through interviews, saying that he learned his lesson, and blaming it all on being drunk. I suppose he exemplifies a lot of young, wise-assed Americans who go to a foreign country and think they can get away with anything.
    And these athletes ALL think they're gods....

    The story of the Syrian boy whose home was bombed is truly heartbreaking.
    A great post, Ron.

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    1. You're so right Jon, the Olympics are nothing like they used to be. Hard to believe that I eagerly used to look forward to watching coverage of the Olympics. Sadly, that coverage has been ruined by over commercialization and "sports" that aren't really sports. What's next? A Jumping Jacks competition? And too many of the athletes, especially the swimmers who do think they are gods. Too many of them are, as you say, wise assed, privileged Americans who go to a foreign country and think they can get away with anything. I'm glad the Olympic coverage is over.
      Ron

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  3. I missed the entire thing.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      Actually, you didn't miss a thing except a lot of commercials and "soft" stories and yakking by the commentators.
      Ron

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  4. I watched very little this year, the focus on winning gold, and sounding like anything other than gold was a life crushing failure, drives me nuts.

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    1. David,
      I can't take the NBC coverage. Too many commercials, all the commentators yakking during the competition, the professional athletes and tape delayed coverage. And the total focus on American athletes and the sob stories of how they all overcame great obstacles to get to the Olympics when in truth many of them came from privileged upper class families who had the money and pushiness to indulge their little darlings to compete in the Olympics. The others are natural athletes who were born with a body that is suited to their particular sport and are funded by their corporate sponsors to win the gold medal so they can use them in ads to make more money for both.
      Ron

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  5. Lochte is a dork.

    :-)

    -Andy

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    1. Andy,
      Did you see those phony tears he was trying to produce during his "apology" interview with Matt Lauer yesterday? Acting certainly is not in Lochte's future.
      Ron

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  6. Anonymous10:54 AM

    There is also photograph of "A young boy runs with a ball through a destroyed street in Homs", Syria, by Hassan Ammar/AP, I wish for all to google this image and reflect upon it. One;s life will be enriched by this photo and what it teaches.

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    1. Anonymous,
      Hopefully this iconic photo will save some lives.
      Ron

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  7. Our Athletes are "Crowned"..? ... Gifts to the Populi..? .... But What have They Really Become... That is the Question for Me.

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    1. Tommy,
      They're shills for corporate America. Ads. Endorsing products. It is as simple as that.
      Ron

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  8. Talk about 'Drop Trou'! Speedo brand drops Lochte.

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    1. Jimmy,
      And as it should be. Maybe others will learn a lesson from Mr. Lochte. Hubris cost money.
      Ron

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  9. Anonymous11:59 AM

    The Lochte story is very ugly but I cannot share your criticism againts Phelps. It is not fair you include both in the same pack,just because they have the same common "clean cut white athlete" pattern. As a crucial difference with the NBA baskeball players(artificially grown up, but waved to pass any test) swimmers of all countries follow the same rules and they main competition is the Olympics. Phelps have achieved something that nobody else can dream to approach. I do not care about his life style, he has been the best in the swiming pool for a long time. Greatings from Madrid. Juan.

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    1. Juan,
      Thank you for your comment however, I don't like Michael Phelps. I've seen him give interviews and he's nothing but a spoiled brat. He was lucky to have been born with a body with a large torso and short legs and the opportunity to spend all day swimming. If he was a nicer person I would like him but he isn't nice. I don't like him.
      Ron

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  10. Randy in NEB4:01 AM

    Hey Ron, Sorry I haven't been around much. But when ever I had some free time all I wanted to do is vegge. But work is starting to slow down, no 50 + hour weeks. So after hearing the stories about MR self absorbed spoiled brat. I'm glad I didn't watch that much of the Rio games. The whole week long show could have been over with in 6 hours. Just leave out the trivia and travel channel BS. Well you have a great one my friend. PS: Your picture titled "Ron-1980" that's a bit of eye candy right there!

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    1. Hey Randy! Always good to hear from you! I understand working so much and then just wanting to veg. I've been in that situation. Glad I'm not there any more. You're right about the Olympics! You didn't miss anything.
      Have a great one!
      Ron

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