Swimmer Feigen apologizes for ‘serious distraction’ in Rio

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the “serious distraction” he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.

Feigen says in a statement posted Tuesday on the website of his lawyer in Austin, Texas, that “I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall.”

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, United States James Feigen smiles during a swimming training session prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, United States James Feigen smiles during a swimming training session prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

He maintains the group didn’t force their way into a bathroom and a gun was pointed at them.

Feigen says he paid the driver the cab fare and “As I walked away, the man with the gun pointed it at me and my teammate and ordered us, in Portuguese, to sit.”

Feigen was pulled off an airplane last week by police for more questioning. He says he paid a fine of $10,800 for return of his passport.

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