Ryan Lochte dubbed “Ugly American” as Rio robbery tale collapses

By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Swimmer Ryan Lochte was dubbed “The Ugly American” on Friday as U.S. media turned on the once beloved Olympic champion, saying his made-up tale of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro played into the worst stereotypes of Americans abroad. Surveillance footage and Brazilian investigations showed that Lochte, and three other U.S. swimmers, vandalized a gas station bathroom and urinated in public on their way home from a party last weekend. The Ugly American,” its front page headline said.

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