And this month’s Pinocchio award goes to Ryan Lochte! He’s the Olympic swimmer who was all cocky jock in Rio as Michael Phelp’s swim buddy who went out partying while Michael went home to Mama and baby. His edgy shades and Julian Assange hair color and cocky jock attitude wowed the world with his tale of being robbed at gunpoint on the bad streets of Brazil. Except that he wasn’t. At least he didn’t say it to Lying (ahem) Brian Williams but to Matt Lauer who managed to stare him down.
He wasn’t robbed, he vandalized a service station while under the influence of who knows what in the wee dawn hours and he didn’t have a gun cocked at his handsome visage by bandits posing as cops but by a security guard who never pointed it anywhere near his face. Then he skipped town leaving the youngsters on the team holding his bag of crap. This 32 year old looking imploringly with his big baby blues and now his brunette schoolboy hairdo into the camera and just kept repeating “I over-exaggerated and I’m only human.” He refused to admit he lied. Not fibbed or got confused but lied, and it damaged America’s image. “He takes full responsibility” but for what? Spinning his lie into an exaggeration? This is no college kid he’s 32 years old going on 12. The only thing he regrets is losing millions in endorsements and the potential for having his face on the Wheaties box.
Do us a favor. Don’t compete again in 4 years. We’ve got bigger liars to contend with and they’re running for president.