Sources: Ryan Lochte suspended for 10 months
US swimmer Ryan Lochte will be suspended from his sport for 10 months and will not be allowed to participate in the 2017 world championships as a result of his involvement in a gas station incident in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics, a person with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
The punishment is harsher than Michael Phelps’ 6 month suspension for his 2 DUIs. The punishment was debated within the USOC, because Phelps put people’s lives at risk and Lochte arguably didn’t lie about a material fact, according to TMZ.
The USOC said it had nothing to report, and US Swimming — the national governing body for the sport — did not respond to requests for comment.