“We obviously accept his apology, and appreciate it,” Andrada told reporters on Friday (via Yahoo Sports’s Greg Wyshynski).
Andrada’s quick acceptance of Lochte’s latest words shouldn’t come as a surprise, however. While the Rio de Janeiro police uncovered Lochte fabricated his original tale, Andrada was already making excuses for him and the three other American swimmers involved in the incident that took place early Sunday morning.
“We have to understand that these kids came here to have fun,” Andrada said Thursday. “Let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes you make decisions that you later regret. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on.”