NYPost- Instead, after Lochte “over-exaggerated” the Summer Olympics story that is still unclear — Lochte has been accused of vandalism at the gas station — Phelps offered him a couple of text messages, but nothing more.
Lochte said he didn’t leave his house in Charlotte for six days as the controversy played out in August and he reached out to Phelps.
“I think he texted me back saying, ‘Yeah, sure. I’m here to help,’ or something like that,’’ Lochte told USA Today in an extensive feature. “But he didn’t call me. I was like, ‘Hey, can you please call me? Let me know, I need help.’ That never really happened.”
SWIMMER FIGHT!!! If we are being honest this is EXACTLY the amount of passive aggression and underhanded snark I expected to see from one man who makes his living in a Speedo while criticizing another. Ryan Lochte would never say any of that shit to Michael Phelps’ face, but if he did then I imagine the conversation would take place in a pool and be followed up by excessive amounts of splashing.
Now, why is Ryan Lochte taking jabs at the only person whose friendship he legitimately benefits from? I can’t answer that one for you. My best guess would be that his publicist didn’t learn her lesson and STILL hasn’t hired him a full time babysitter to smack him on the nose with a newspaper whenever he is about to say or do something stupid. I mean, after what took place in Rio the nicest thing you could possibly say about Ryan Lochte is that a 22-time Gold Medal winner doesn’t seem to mind his company. Meanwhile, he’s just pissing away his relationship with someone that makes him look better by association because he offered support but never followed up on it?
I know I’m not the first person to say this, but grow up Ryan. You want to turn Brazil into your own personal toilet and leave your teammates standing in the middle of a third world country dick-in-hand then have at it, but don’t you dare start implying that being a good friend requires anything more than lip service. Being there for a person means exactly that - you just have to be there. They aren’t supposed to expect you to actually do anything tangible to help. In fact, it’s more socially unacceptable of Ryan Lochte to ask for assistance than it is of Michael Phelps to immediately scoff at the idea. He probably saw that text notification and rolled his eyes through the back of his skull. I bet he didn’t even unlock his phone to respond to it, and I don’t blame him. A friend is need is a pest, and a friend in need of a PHONE CALL in 2016 is a pest with no respect for the current state of communication. I’d be quicker to take a bullet FOR a friend than accept an untimely phone call FROM them, and it’s for that reason that Michael Phelps has no obligation to do anything but send a courtesy text when his teammate is dealing with the aftermath of his own idiocy.