The Hypocrisy In The Ryan Lochte Backlash
Start writing a post

The Hypocrisy In The Ryan Lochte Backlash

If lying is wrong for one public figure, it should be wrong for all public figures.

The Hypocrisy In The Ryan Lochte Backlash

American swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed he was robbed at gunpoint on the streets of Rio after a drunken night out with several other US swimmers. In reality, he vandalized a gas station and was confronted by security guards demanding that he pay for the damages. Lochte was caught "over exaggerating" his story and has faced backlash over it.

Huffington Post writers and editors automatically associated Lochte with Trump after the lie, claiming he must be a Trump supporter to do something that dumb. In reality, Lochte supported Obama in 2012.

Many of the liberals bashing Lochte over his lie argue that he needs to lose sponsors and be stripped of his medals because it is one thing to lie, but it is another thing to lie to the Olympic Committee when you are a well-known athlete. However, I would be willing to bet most of these liberals, for sure the Huffington Post writers, are supporting Hillary Clinton, who has been caught lying about far more important matters than what she did on a night out with her friends.

Hillary Clinton has lied about having classified e-mails on her private server, using only one device for communication, her connections on Wall Street, and the donations to her foundation, among other things. If an Olympic athlete is too important a figure to lie to the public, a Presidential candidate most certainly should be as well.

What Lochte did was wrong, and I think everyone can agree on that. He will face the consequences of his actions, as he should because he is a grown man who knew better. But the standard Lochte is being judged on should apply to anyone in a position of power or influence.

America, why are we holding a professional athlete - an entertainer, really - to a higher standard than a presidential candidate?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments