Michael Phelps weighs in on the drama surrounding Ryan Lochte's "Rio Scandals" in a new interview...
Sports can often bring people together, particularly if you are in the same team. Sure, there will always be a level of competition between athletes, but, at the end of the day, no one else can truly understand what you are going through better than the people you train with.
So it is no surprise that Michael Phelps would reach out to his fellow swimmer and co-member of the US Olympic swimming team, Ryan Lochte.
"Ryan and I have been teammates forever and it's always hard to see a friend and a competitor going through a hard time like this" Phelps said. "I know what it feels like. I've been through it before," he continued, referring to his own set of public troubles, which includes a 2014 drunk driving arrest and a stay in rehab.
But, of course, Michael Phelps made a spectacular comeback in the Rio Olympics and went on to win an additional five gold medals and a silver. Phelps seems to hope that Lochte will be able to bounce back in a similar fashion.
"Hopefully, he can come out of this a better person. I’ve reached out to him a couple of times. I think he understands a lot and he will be able to grow from this," Phelps said.
Lochte and three other teammates infamously got in trouble with the law in Rio when they made a false claim of robbery in the city. Ryan has since apologized for the incident, but he has been dropped by some lucrative sponsors, including Speedo.
Although he's apologized, Lochte still remains defiant and has said in an interview with Good Morning America that he stands by with the core of his story.
"USA TODAY and other people have been finding out and investigating," Lochte said. "There was no damage to the bathroom. I have never even entered the bathroom. It was locked, so we couldn't' go in there at all. The story about me vandalising the bathroom is absurd. It never happened," he asserted.
The interview was part of him being cast as a competitor in cast as a competitor in Dancing With The Stars. It remains to be seen if his stint in the show will somehow lead to redeeming himself.