U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte’s antics in Rio have resulted in a 10-month suspension.
Even though the next Olympics aren’t until 2020, the suspension means that Lochte will miss the 2017 World Championships, and it could ultimately put Lochte behind when it comes to qualifying for the Games in Tokyo.
After the U.S. dominated in the pool early in the Rio Games, Lochte became a bigger story still after he claimed he was robbed at gunpoint after a night on the town. As we soon learned, Lochte wasn’t telling the truth about the issue and later revealed that he had kicked down a door, inciting the money-exchanging incident.
Lochte has faced intense backlash following this incident, even after going on NBC and delivering an extremely strange apology. Sponsors have dropped the U.S. swimmer like a bad habit, and Lochte has gone on record saying that this incident has been the lowest moment of his life.
But we can’t feel too sorry for Lochte, however. Unlike many swimmers, his name will stay in the headlines for a while. Aside from the Rio incident, Lochte will be on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. Sorry, Ryan, as long as you’re in the spotlight, this story is here to stay.