Australian swimmer Josh Palmer’s Rio Olympics ended in an unfortunate way Wednesday when he was robbed of $1,000 after a long night out partying.
According to a statement released by the Australian Olympic Committee (via the Sydney Morning Herald), the 25-year-old missed the delegation’s strict 8 p.m. curfew and instead went to a nightclub. Upon leaving early Wednesday morning, a man approached him and forced him to withdraw the cash from a nearby ATM. Two businessmen later found a disoriented Palmer in Rio de Janeiro’s Copa district and guided him to the Australian Consulate.
“I would like to thank the businessmen who found Josh and delivered him to the Australian Consulate and I appreciate the support given to the Team by Consulate staff,” AOC chief Kitty Chiller said.
Chiller proceeded to call Palmer’s behavior “unacceptable” and “disrespectful,” and she banned him and another Australian swimmer, 200-meter freestyle bronze medalist Emma McKeon, who also spent Tuesday night partying, from attending the Closing Ceremonies.
“Given the security problems we have encountered over the past few weeks I find the behavior of the disciplined athletes disrespectful to the remainder of the Team,” she said.
Palmer, who failed to emerge out of the qualifying heats for the 100-meter breaststroke last week, chose not to give a public statement over the incident.
Palmer is the third athlete to be robbed in Rio.
Early Tuesday, a member of Britain’s delegation was robbed at gunpoint, according to a team spokesman. The delegation did not release the athlete’s name.
U.S. sprinter English Gardner said she was also robbed Tuesday when an Uber driver stole her cellphone. The 4×100-meter relay runner tweeted about the incident but offered little in the way of details.
— English Gardner (@UgHLyDuCkLiN) August 16, 2016
The incidents came to light amid a growing controversy over a story told by U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers that they were held up and robbed at gunpoint this week. Rio police, however, found inconsistencies with the swimmers’ stories.
Evidence now suggests Lochte and swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen feigned the story to cover up a scuffle they got into with a security guard at a gas station.