Phelps not amused by Lochte’s an­tics

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Jim Litke

Add Michael Phelps’ name to the list of Amer­i­cans who were less than amused by team­mate Ryan Lochte’s post­com­pe­ti­tion, early morn­ing drunken an­tics at the Rio Olympics.

“I did have a talk with him about two days be­fore about not do­ing any­thing bad,” said Phelps, who re­tired af­ter the Sum­mer Games as the most­dec­o­rated Olympian of all time. “I told him, ‘Just keep your head on straight. Have fun.”’

Ap­par­ently, the warn­ing didn’t take.

Lochte and three team­mates got into a scrape with a se­cu­rity at a gas sta­tion in Rio de Janeiro af­ter a night of par­ty­ing. He orig­i­nally claimed he and young team­mates Gun­nar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were threat­ened and robbed at gun­point but was later charged in Brazil with fil­ing a false po­lice re­port.

Lochte, 32, whose 12 medals and six golds make him the sec­ond-most dec­o­rated Olympic swim­mer, was banned from com­pe­ti­tion for 10 months — in­clud­ing a chance to qual­ify for next sum­mer’s world cham­pi­onships — by the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee and USA Swim­ming.

He also for­feited $100,000 in medal bonuses, was dropped from the Olympic team’s White House visit and was or­dered to per­form 20 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice. His three team­mates were given four­month bans and dropped from the White House visit.

De­spite los­ing a num­ber of spon­sor­ship deals as well, Lochte hasn’t low­ered his pub­lic pro­file. He’s com­pet­ing this sea­son on “Danc­ing With the Stars,” where two pro­tes­tors rushed the stage dur­ing a tap­ing of the show in Los An­ge­les two weeks ago. Lochte had just per­formed a fox­trot rou­tine with pro­fes­sional part­ner Ch­eryl Burke to “Call Me Ir­re­spon­si­ble” and ap­peared briefly shaken.

The two men were quickly tack­led by se­cu­rity guards and face mis­de­meanor charges in Los An­ge­les. They later said their pur­pose was “to get the mes­sage out that Lochte is a coward, a liar and un­der Brazil­ian law, a crim­i­nal.”

Lochte posted on In­sta­gram the day af­ter the show aired, thank­ing “ev­ery­one on the show, in­clud­ing my part­ner Ch­eryl, my fel­low com­peti­tors, the pro­duc­ers, the se­cu­rity team and its fans.”

Phelps won five gold medals and a sil­ver in Rio, bring­ing his ca­reer to­tals to 23 golds and 28 medals.

He was in Min­nesota get­ting a be­hind-the-scenes look at Ry­der Cup prepa­ra­tions ahead of this week­end’s matches. The avid golfer was sched­uled to play in Tues­day’s celebrity tour­na­ment and is also mak­ing ap­pear­ances on be­half of his spon­sor, Omega.

NELL RED­MOND — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE

A May 15, 2015, file photo, Ryan Lochte, left, and Michael Phelps talk be­fore the start of the 100-me­ter but­ter­fly fi­nal at the Arena Pro Swim Se­ries meet in Char­lotte, N.C. Add Phelps’ name to the list of Amer­i­cans who were less than amused by team­mate Lochte’s post-com­pe­ti­tion, early morn­ing drunken an­tics at the Rio Olympics. “I did have a talk with him about two days be­fore about not do­ing any­thing bad,” said Phelps, who re­tired af­ter the Sum­mer Games as the most-dec­o­rated Olympian of all time. “I told him: ‘Just keep your head on straight. Have fun.’”

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