Ryan Lochte

The Ryan Lochte/U.S. swimmer robbery story continued Wednesday when it was reported that a Brazilian judge is trying to stop some U.S. swimmers from leaving the country and that two swimmers were detained at the airport. With so many eyes peeled to NBC and its Olympics coverage, it’s natural this story would get a reaction out of everyone.

That seemed to be the case on Twitter on Wednesday. With the news that Lochte has already left the country despite the investigation into the robbery still ongoing, the Internet had a little fun with the former E! (What Would Ryan Lochte Do?) star and U.S. swimmer, including movie posters, references to other hoaxes, Brian Williams jokes and more.

Lochte is the highest-profile swimmer involved in this scandal, and as a result, he is getting the most flak on Twitter. It also doesn’t help the former Florida Gator that he is the only swimmer involved in the robbery that has been confirmed left the country.

The investigation into this robbery has caused many to question Lochte’s story. And with Twitter, you know someone is bound to bring up Manti Te’o.

One of the funniest reactions came via Twitter user @darth, who turned Lochte into the subject of a number of movie posters (including the one at top: full version here).

Someone else made a Carmen Sandiego reference:

There were other movie references flying around, too:

And to top it all off, Twitter definitely had fun with the fact that NBC was the go-to source for this news Wednesday. Although Brian Williams wasn’t there, that didn’t stop the internet.

This issue has the potential to get more serious than it already is, but with Lochte being perceived as someone who isn’t very bright, Twitter will continue to have its fun with him.

About Ryan Williamson

Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri and has recently returned to his Minnesota roots. He previously has worked for the Columbia Missourian, KFAN radio in Minneapolis and BringMeTheNews.com. Feel free to email me at rwilliamson29 AT Gmail dot com.