Ryan Lochte may beÂ focused on his comeback story, but the emotional scars stemming from the 2016 Olympics remain.
Appearing on HBOâ€™s â€œReal Sports with Bryant Gumbel,â€ airing Tuesday at 11 p.m., the 35-year-old Olympian reflected on the fallout from the scandal in Rio, in which he and three teammates were accused of embellishing a tale about being robbed at gunpoint.
â€œThere was points where, if I went to sleep and I never woke up again Iâ€™d be fine,â€ Lochte said. â€œIf I just disappeared, it would be okay.â€
Though the swimmerÂ previously opened upÂ about how the international incident affected him emotionally, Lochteâ€™s wife, Kayla Rae Reid, also recalled a change in his demeanor.
â€œSomeone that has all this energy and drive and just to be completely squashed, like that,â€ she said.
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