"I didn't lie" would be strong. This is a perfect snapshot of how guilt seeks to 'share' or spread it around' via the plural "we" instead of "I."
"Would never" is not "did not", but future conditional.
Given the need to lie, the embarrassment and the continual 'denial' in media, my guess is that there is more to this story than the broken door, armed guard, and having to pay cash, on the spot, for the door.
There may be more to this.
This is an example of how difficult it is in determining where language originates:
In Ryan Locate's statement, there is both reliable and unreliable sentence and even some sentences from memory, while others, like who was pulling a gun when...not reliable.
We may now learn why.
Note that in this account, a gun was present and money passed hands may be what was reliable in the statement. The conclusion that something indeed happened, but not as written, too. This news account does not include any references to sex...
Where were they coming from? This may prove critical.
This story comes to knowledge as another athlete (British) reported being held up at gun point much to the embarrassment of Rio officials, which may be why they are pursuing this so strongly.
It will be interesting to learn where they were before coming back when this happened.
I do not think the embarrassment is because he was out drinking or that he was 'surprised' to realize that, as he told NBC, "I am 21."
It is a guess, but I think the embarrassment is more than what is here, but we await more details...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.
The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.
He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried but failed to open the door of an outside bathroom.
A few of the swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it. A security guard appeared and confronted them, the official said.
The official says the guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers.
According to the official, the gas station manager then arrived. Using a customer to translate, the manager asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. After a discussion, they did pay him an unknown amount of money and then left.