Olympian gold medalist Ryan Lochte has found himself at the center of an international scandal after the Brazilian police blamed him for fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.
The star swimmer initially said some gunmen masquerading as cops mugged him and his fellow Team USA swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen at the French Olympic team house in the Rodrigo de Freitas area.
The altering statements from the team members made the incident rather questionable from the get-go, but Brazilians authorities have now reportedly confirmed the fact that the athletes made up the robbery story to cover up a gas station altercation.
The entire saga is the perfect example of white privilege. After all, the situation would have been drastically different if it were an African-American athlete involved in the controversy. The person would have been called a “thug” and “criminal,” and officials would not have been taking the situation as lightly as they are in this case.
“Let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret,” said Rio 2016 spokesperson Mario Andrada during a briefing on Thursday. “They are magnificent athletes. Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all time. They had fun. They made a mistake. It’s part of life. Life goes on. Let’s go.”
Apart from the fact that Lochte is actually 32, thus not a kid, let’s not forget how haters reacted when gymnast Gabby Douglas did not place her hand on her heart during the American national anthem at the summer games.
#LochteGate, to put it simply, is the epitome of white privilege.
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