Swimmers never questioned about any Rio vandalism

Taylor Barnes, Special for USA TODAY Sports
10:54 p.m. EDT August 23, 2016

Ryan Lochte has been pilloried for his exaggerated tale of robbery in Rio, but did the Rio police also tell a tall tale of the swimmers’ behavior?

RIO DE JANEIRO — Police in Rio never questioned four U.S. swimmers about their alleged vandalism of a gas station restroom, further evidence that a poster was the only property damaged by Ryan Lochte during a stop that ended in a heated exchange with security guards and set off an international controversy that upstaged the Olympics.

The details came to light Tuesday after USA TODAY Sports viewed transcripts of testimony given by the swimmers to Rio law enforcement officials. An ­extensive review of surveillance footage and a visit to the gas station as part of a USA ­TODAY Sports investigation published Sunday had previously sup­ported a state­ment by swim­mer Gunnar Bentz that he did not see anyone vandalize the rest­room.

Lochte has said his first account of the Aug. 14…

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