NEW YORK — U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the “serious distraction” he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.
“I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall,” Feigen said in a statement Tuesday on the website of his lawyer in Austin, Texas.
He maintains the group didn’t force their way into a bathroom and a gun was pointed at them.
Feigen said the group left the French House party around 5 a.m. in a taxi to travel back to the Athlete Village.
“We pulled over to a gas station to use the bathroom but the door was locked,” Feigen’s statement read. “We did not force entry into the bathroom, nor did we ever enter the bathroom. We did, however, make the regrettable decision to urinate in the grass behind the building.”
Feigen said he paid the driver the cab fare and “As I walked away, the man with the gun pointed it at me and my teammate and ordered us, in Portuguese, to sit.”
Feigen said it “became apparent that the man with the gun was telling us to pay,” and he and teammate Gunnar Bentz gave the man some money. They took another cab to the village and arrived around 7 a.m.
Feigen, who was pulled off an airplane last week by Brazilian police for more questioning, said he paid a fine of $10,800 for return of his passport so he could travel back to the U.S.
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Princeton University has suspended the rest of the men’s swimming and diving team’s season after school administrators discovered that members had posted “vulgar and offensive” material on the team’s electronic mailing list.
The suspension comes after an anonymous complaint alerted university officials to several materials, including the school-sponsored team mailing list and other electronic correspondence.
A statement released by the university Thursday did not disclose specifics but said the “misogynistic and racist” comments involved the women’s swimming and diving team.
Princeton’s athletic director calls the team’s behavior “simply unacceptable.”
The university will decide whether to cancel the season completely in the coming days.
The suspension is the third for an Ivy League team since November. Harvard University and Columbia University suspended teams for similar behavior last month.
AUSTIN, Texas — Former U.S. Olympic track coach Stan Huntsman, whose men’s team won seven gold medals in the 1988 Games in Seoul, has died. He was 84.
University of Texas women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky says the family told the university that Huntsman died Wednesday in Austin.
Huntsman was the head coach at Texas when he was picked to helm the 1988 Olympic team that included sprinter Carl Lewis. He spent 39 years as a college track and field coach, including stops at Ohio and Tennessee.
He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004. He coached 41 NCAA champions and four NCAA championship relay teams.
Huntsman was also an assistant U.S. Olympic coach at the 1976 and 1980 games.