The last rowdy swim boy will be allowed to return to the United States. American swimmer Jimmy Feigen has agreed to donate $10,800 to a charity in Rio in exchange for his passport, which was seized by Brazilian authorities this week after he and three of his teammates, including Ryan Lochte, were accused of peeing all over a Rio gas station and then inventing a story about being robbed at gunpoint.
Feigen’s lawyer announced the deal today (via NBC News):
“After a long deliberation, this agreement was reached … he will donate 35,000 real [approximately $10,800] to an institute, and with that the case is resolved,” Feigen’s lawyer Breno Melaragno told reporters.
He added: “After this donation is done, his passport will be given back to him, and he will be free to return home.”
Yesterday, two of the other swimmers involved in the scandal, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were pulled off a flight out of Rio so that they could be questioned by police. Bentz and Conger were allowed to return home after their meeting with police, as it was determined that they did not make any false statements following the incident at the gas station.
Lochte managed to make it out of Rio before his story about being robbed began to unravel, and so Feigen comes out of the whole ordeal as the biggest loser of the four. Imagine how much it must suck to be $11,000 poorer all because Ryan Lochte told his mom a dumb lie.