Swimmer Ryan Lochte releases a statement about *that* robbery – but people aren’t impressed

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American swimmer Ryan Lochte has released a statement on Twitter after his claims of being robbed in Rio were found not to be entirely true – but Twitter users just aren’t having any of it.

Ryan Lochte's apology statement should of said sorry not sorry at the end, because that's basically what he was getting at. 💁🏼

— Tracy Strong (@TKStr0ng) August 19, 2016

Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medallist, claimed he and team-mates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen were stopped by armed robbers posing as police in their taxi back to the athletes’ village following a party.

However, Rio police spotted inconsistencies in their initial statements and, following an investigation, told a press conference that Lochte had lied to cover up a bizarre episode at a petrol station and the presence of two women the group had met at the party who were in a second taxi.

https://t.co/n82dZH2gfl pic.twitter.com/rGp1nmA94G

— Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) August 19, 2016

Some Twitter users took issue with the phrasing of his statement.

It read: “I want to apologise for my behaviour last weekend – for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning”.

Phrases like "I lied on national TV" and "I made stuff up" strangely absent from Lochte statement

— Graham Dunbar (@gdunbarap) August 19, 2016

Lochte's statement: "sorry for not being candid" means sorry for lying?

— Erik Moroles (@mowrowless) August 19, 2016

Others suggested that Lochte had hired a lawyer to write the statement for him.

#Lochte's statement/apology is a perfect example of how lawyers earn their money.

— Scott Rochelle (@ScottRochelle_) August 19, 2016

100% chance Lochte's PR crew typed up his Twitter statement.. Ryan Lochte doesn't know half those words #clown

— Luke Jackson (@lucas_andrew88) August 19, 2016

I would've rather Lochte just say "I'm an idiot, sorry" than releasing a PR statement he didn't write 3 words of

— Brian Penter (@BrianPenter) August 19, 2016

(Michael Sohn/AP)

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