UGA swimmer Bentz suspended 4 months for Rio incident

Gunnar Bentz, University of Georgia student and U.S. Swim Team member, has agreed to a four-month suspension following the events that transpired in during the Rio Olympics. 

The news comes less than a day after the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming handed fellow swimmer Ryan Lochte a 10-month suspension

Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen also agreed to a four-month suspension. Those sanctions will end on Dec. 31 and will take away funding and training access.

RELATED | Gunnar Bentz reveals new details about incident involving Ryan Lochte

Lochte and the three U.S. swimmers said they were robbed at gunpoint early one morning, with Lochte saying their cab was pulled over by men impersonating police officers. Lochte said one of the men even pointed a gun to his forehead and robbed the men of their cash.

But Rio police said the story was fabricated. During a news conference, Fernando Veloso, chief of Rio’s civil police, said the men were drunk and smashed up a gas station bathroom before being confronted by security guards.

Veloso said guards flashed a gun to prevent the men from leaving the scene, which ended with the swimmers giving about $55 to pay for the damage.

PHOTOS | Gunnar Bentz at Rio police station

Lochte left the country earlier but Bentz, Conger and Feigen were ordered to stay in the country to answer questions on possible charges of filing a false police report before being able to leave. 

PHOTOS | Gold medal winner Gunnar Bentz

USA TODAY Sports contributed to this article. 


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