Ryan Lochte to Discuss Rio 'Robbery' Lie With Matt Lauer in Primetime

Ryan Lochte Rio Robbery

Ryan Lochte’s Redemption Tour has officially begun.

Just days after the Olympic swimmer was found to have lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio, he will sit down with Today’s Matt Lauer to discuss the incident for the first time.

Today took to Twitter to announce the Q&A, which will air on tonight’s NBC Nightly News and during primetime Olympics coverage.

The imbroglio began last Sunday, when Lochte claimed (to Today’s Billy Bush) that he and three fellow U.S. swimmers were robbed by bandits posing as Brazilian police officers, one of whom pressed a gun to Lochte’s forehead and took his wallet.

Days later, it was discovered that the swimmers had not been robbed, but had vandalized a Rio gas station and, during a confrontation with a security guard holding a gun, were asked to pay for the damage.

Lochte issued an apology on Instagram Friday, noting that he should have been “more careful and candid” in how he described the events. Meanwhile, Rio Olympics spokesman Mario Andrada has said that Lochte and his teammates do not need to apologize for the incident: “We have to understand that these kids came here to have fun. Let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes you make decisions that you later regret. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on.”

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