Mimesis Law
30 June 2022

Leave Ryan Lochte Alone

August 19, 2016 (Fault Lines) — The public castigation of U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte must come to an end.  There is simply no place in our modern society to ask questions regarding the veracity of a victim’s story. All victims have the right to be heard, free from criticism, and believed. If we hold this standard for victims of campus sexual assault, we should certainly extend it to beloved American heroes like Ryan Lochte, robbed at gunpoint by unscrupulous thugs pretending to be Brazilian police.

It doesn’t matter that Lochte’s story started changing hours after he and his friends checked into the Olympic Village, apparently free from harm. It’s not like he managed to come up with a fiction ripped straight from a horrible torture-porn novel, either. Victim recollections can and do change over time, and the stress of either having a gun pointed to one’s head or in the general direction of one’s cranium can certainly cause your memory to go a little blurry.

So there’s video allegedly showing Lochte and his pals urinating on a gas station and destroying a bathroom.  What difference does that make? There’s nothing that says we can’t stand behind a champion Olympian’s account of being robbed at gunpoint.  After all, it’s important to allow Lochte time to recover from such an egregious violation of his person. It’s good that he’s back in the United States, where he can recoup and cooperate fully with Brazilian authorities to find the truth.

At the conclusion of this matter, even if it turns out all of the allegations were false, that Ryan Lochte and his cohorts made up the entire story of being robbed at gunpoint by fake security guards, there’s certainly no reason for any of them to suffer harm. They’re Olympic swimmers, and barring them from their chosen sport would certainly cause a “severe impact” on the rest of their lives and careers. Besides, even if the story is a complete fabrication, it serves as a jumping off point for a greater discussion about Olympic swimmers being robbed every four years. Isn’t that a dialogue worth having?

It’s time to end the victim blaming. Stop with the #LochteGate hashtag*, the presumptive “white privilege” arguments, and the continued shaming of a man who worked tirelessly to promote American exceptionalism on the world’s stage. If we can believe “Jackie” at UVA, we can certainly believe Ryan Lochte.

*If you simply must do the hashtag thing, why not #LochMess? Haven’t we had enough of *gate already?

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  • Mark W. Bennett
    19 August 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I think this was actually written for The Onion. “There is simply no place in our modern society to ask questions regarding the veracity of a victim’s story.” You can’t be serious – I guess we can do away with trials– no need to test the veracity of alleged victim witnesses. It appears Lochte was a victim of his ego ,too much partying and his need to lie to cover up his embarrassing conduct.

    • CLS
      19 August 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Your Honor:

      If there’s one thing you can take to the bank, it’s that if a piece of mine posts after the Friday Fail, it’s 99.9% likely to be completely, totally not serious in any respect.

      • Mark W. Bennett
        19 August 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

        My bad, I was totally fooled. This is very, very funny. Thanks for the heads up, CLS!!!

        • CLS
          19 August 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

          Some aspire to fool Penn & Teller. I fooled a federal judge.
          Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Try your wait staff and tip the veal.

  • Thomas
    19 August 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark, I think this was intended as “rape apologist” satire, but since I know you are one of the top dogs in the blawg world, I apologize if your answer was also intended as continuing the satire and I missed it.

    • shg
      19 August 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Just to add to the intrigue, there are two Mark W. Bennetts, though both are top dawgs.

      • Thomas
        19 August 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        Yes, I realized that when I saw the CLS response. I shot first, looked second.

  • Tom H
    19 August 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I was thinking Lochte was a steaming pile of crap until a reporter said this incident might affect the US bid for the 2024 Olympics. If that is true, I’m more inclined to forgive his lie’s. Maybe he does deserve a tax exemption for his hard work.

    • CLS
      19 August 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      You know, the beauty of America is you can think Lochte is a steaming pile of crap at the same time you forgive him. You can even express those opinions.

      • Tom H
        19 August 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        Sad thing is if he had kept his mouth shut no one would have ever known about what happened. Seems similar to the Kansas US Attornet’s office story from yesterday. If they hadn’t told the CDL they were recording her client conversations they wouldn’t look so bad today.

      • losingtrader
        20 August 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

        You know, the beauty of America is you can think Lochte is a steaming pile of crap at the same time you forgive him

        Have you been attending church or just watching Jimmy Swaggart?

        • CLS
          20 August 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

          Swaggart’s still alive? Huh.

          • losingtrader
            20 August 2016 at 4:05 pm -

            Yeah, he’s on GOD TV , channel 365 on DTV .It really is called GOD TV. You’d think they would use G-D TV.

  • Rick
    19 August 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    If only they had stopped at a college campus instead of a gas station.

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