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Ryan Lochte Opens Up About His 2016 Olympics Incident

Ryan Lochte at the U.S. swimming national championships.

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 04: Ryan Lochte looks on after winning the Men's 200m Individual Medley during day 5 of the Phillips 66 National Championships on August 04, 2019 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

One night in 2016 changed everything for Ryan Lochte.

After heading to the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil as one of the United States' most beloved Olympians, Lochte soon became the center of a concerning controversy. The swimming superstar claimed that he and a few of his teammates were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Rio De Janeiro -- but it was later revealed that Lochte had vandalized the gas station bathroom and the said "robbers" were actually security guards.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist later apologized for the incident and received a suspension from USA swimming.

On Wednesday, Lochte dove back into this controversy during an appearance with Jay Cutler's Uncut podcast.

"I had rude awakenings being where everyone loved me and I was on top of the world, I felt like. And then in one stupid night... gone. I was like the worst guy in the world or something at one point," he said.

Despite multiple police reports that suggested otherwise, Lochte maintains that he never lied about the incident (with just one exception).

"They did the investigation. I didn't do anything wrong. What I said was right. The only thing I fabricated was when the gun was pointed to me, I said it was pointed to my head, but it was like 3 or 4 feet away," he said on the former NFL player's podcast.

Lochte also opened up about his failure to make the Olympic team this past summer.

"It was one of the hardest things besides 2016," he said. "Just waking up and looking myself in the mirror like, 'Damn, I'm a failure.' You learn from everything that happens in your life, good or bad."