U.S. gold medalist Ryan Lochte admitted to Brazil's largest broadcaster Saturday night that he'd exaggerated his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio - but insisted he did not lie.
In an interview aired on Globo TV after the proud soccer nation won its first Olympic gold in a penalty shootout, Lochte apologized to the nation.
"I'm sorry," one of America's most decorated Olympic swimmers said. "Brazil doesn't deserve that."
The Olympian insisted that he was a victim of extortion because he was forced by armed guards to hand over money.
"I wasn't lying to a certain extent, I over-exaggerated what was happening to me."
The tale of a gunpoint robbery in Rio initially embarrassed the Brazilian nation until local police accused Lochte, 32, of making it up to cover up vandalizing a gas station.
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