Ryan Lochte now claims he was never suicidal after his Rio Olympics scandal.
The gold medalist told TMZ Sports that he never thought about committing suicide after the 2016 Olympics, despite his comments to ESPN the Magazine.
"To be clear, yes I was in a very dark place after Rio, but I never thought about taking my own life," Lochte said. "That’s the media twisting what I told ESPN. I would never do that. That’s not me."
ESPN the Magazine published an interview with Lochte earlier this week, where he indicated he didn't want to live anymore.
"There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, 'If I go to bed and never wake up, fine,'" Lochte had said. "I was about to hang up my entire life."
When ESPN asked if Lochte meant committing suicide, he "nods slowly."
Now Lochte said not only were his comments misconstrued, but he always intended to battle to get his life back on track.
"I’m a fighter, always have been, and always will be," Lochte said. "I knew that I would do whatever necessary to get through that horrible time, and most importantly to once again earn the trust of my friends, family, and the public, who have always been so supportive of me."