Lochte's agent, Jeff Ostrow, confirmed to People that the hotel incident took place, calling it a "minor nothing," but also said that Lochte would be receiving treatment for a years-long alcohol addiction. "Ryan knows that conquering this disease now is a must for him to avoid making future poor decisions, to be the best husband and father he can be and if he wants to achieve his goal to return to dominance in the pool in his fifth Olympics in Tokyo in 2020," Ostrow told TMZ.
During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Lochte made headlines after falsely claiming he and fellow swimmers were robbed. Lochte and the team members were accused by local authorities of vandalizing a gas station. Lochte received a 10-month suspension from the United States Olympic Committee for that incident.