Al Roker blasts Ryan Lochte: 'He lied!'


Al Roker lit into U.S. swim team member Ryan Lochte during an on-air discussion with colleagues Natalie Morales and Billy Bush.

“He lied. He lied to you (Bush), he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom, he left his teammates hanging and he skedaddled,” Roker said. “He lied!”

Lochte fell on his verbal sword during an interview with Lauer that started airing over the weekend. The entire interview airs during Monday’s “Today” show.

>> Read more trending stories 

“I’m taking full responsibility,” Lochte said. “I over-exaggerated that story. If I hadn’t done that we wouldn’t be in this mess. None of this would have happened. It was my immature behavior.”

Bush showed a willingness to view things from Lochte’s perspective. While the harrowing tale the celebrity athletes initially gave was fantastically embellished, his teammate, UGA Gunnar Bentz said in a statement that the swimmers did indeed have a weapon pointed in their direction after Lochte banged up a sign and security guards responded, demanding money.

Roker wasn’t impressed, saying, “We agree to disagree.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Alleged Florida high school shooter has $800,000 inheritance, reports say
Alleged Florida high school shooter has $800,000 inheritance, reports say

The alleged gunman in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., has an inheritance from his adoptive parents worth $800,000, according to news outlets. >> Read more trending news  But Nikolas Cruz, 19, who now has a public defender at taxpayer expense as his attorney in his murder case, cannot access...
DirecTV to raise NFL Sunday Ticket prices, angering fans
DirecTV to raise NFL Sunday Ticket prices, angering fans

DirecTV will increase the price of its NFL Sunday Ticket package by about 4 percent for the 2018 season. The Tuesday announcement comes after DirecTV increased the price of the NFL Sunday Ticket basic package last year by 9.3 percent and the larger package by 5 percent. >> Read more trending news  The basic package for 2018 will be priced...
Alabama police officer shot, killed; suspect dead
Alabama police officer shot, killed; suspect dead

An Alabama police officer who was shot Tuesday night has died, authorities say. >> Read more trending news 
Georgia’s law allows mentally ill to buy guns after 5 years
Georgia’s law allows mentally ill to buy guns after 5 years

After the shooting deaths of 17 high school students in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, the public’s attention has once again shifted to the role mental illness plays in mass shootings and the role the government can play in restricting gun sales to those with mental illness. >> Read more trending news  Each year, Georgia provides the...
Cinemark theaters banning large bags
Cinemark theaters banning large bags

As of Feb. 22, moviegoers at Cinemark theaters won’t be able to bring in big bags when they go catch a flick. The movie theater chain announced a change to its bag and package policy, stating that no bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches will be allowed in theaters. will be allowed in cinemas. >> Read more trending news ...
More Stories