Ryan Lochte Reveals He Felt Suicidal After Rio Controversy: ‘If I Go To Bed And Never Wake Up, Fine’

Following last year’s robbery incident during the Rio Summer Games, U.S. swimming medalist Ryan Lochte has admitted he was in a low place after the controversy.

The 32-year-old swimmer claimed that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. Lochte’s claims ultimately fell through when it was revealed that he allegedly vandalized a bathroom at a gas station before being confronted by the attendants.

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“After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world. There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, ‘If I go to bed and never wake up, fine,'” the 12-time medalist added.

“I was about to hang up my life entirely,” he continued. “You can be at the all-time high and tenth next second the all-time low. I love being at the Olympics, but I’m the opposite of what you’d expect. It’s been that way my whole life.”

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Last year, Lochte issued an apology to Instagram saying, “I want to apologize for my behaviour last weekend – for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics.”

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If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
 
The Canadian Association for Suicide PreventionDepression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.

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