WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Team USA swimmer Jack Conger, one-fourth of the group involved in what's become known in social media circles as "LochteGate," on Saturday detailed the events that occurred at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro last weekend.
In his statement, which opened with, "It's good to be back home in the U.S.," Conger dispelled the notion that there was an armed robbery, as Lochte initially claimed.
"[We] took a taxi back to the Olympic Village, and on the way we pulled into a gas station to use the restroom, but ultimately relieved ourselves outside, for which I apologize," he said. "Ryan Lochte removed a poster from a nearby wall, which apparently alerted the gas station employees, leading to our being confronted by two armed security men.
"Although I cooperated with their requests while there was a heated exchange among others, at one point a weapon was pointed at me. ... We paid some money to compensate them for the torn poster, and returned to the Village in a different taxi."
Conger's version of events were the same as Bentz's. Lochte, who also apologized Friday, maintained the narrative that the swimmers were forced to turn over money at gunpoint -- suggesting a robbery.
"It's traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country -- with a language barrier -- and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave," Lochte stated.
NBC will air a new interview with Lochte during its prime-time Olympic coverage Saturday night.
"This has been an unsettling, humbling and frightening experience," Conger's statement continued. "It's a reminder that all of us, when we travel and especially when we represent the US in the Olympics, are ambassadors for our country and should be on our best behavior.
"Unfortunately, one event has become the focus of attention ... I deeply regret the trouble and embarrassment this event has brought to the people of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, and the distraction it has caused from the achievements of my fellow Olympians. Brazil and Rio have staged a great Games, and it was a privilege to be there and to represent the United States of America."
The International Olympic Committee said Friday it will convene a disciplinary committee to investigate the incident and take punitive action against the swimmers, if that is warranted.
The Olympic Charter permits the IOC to discipline any athlete found in violation of behavioral guidelines -- which can include stripping them of their medals. All four swimmers won a gold medal in Rio as part of U.S. relay teams.