If anyone is coming out of the Ryan Lochte mess covered with glory, it’s Al Roker.
It took NBC’s weatherman stepping and expressing the full exasperation that so many people feel over the ugly incident in which Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers were involved during the Rio Olympics. And he did it while angrily stirring an iced beverage and using the word “skedaddled.”
“He lied to you, he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom,” Roker told Billy Bush on the “Today” show Friday. “He left his teammates hanging while he skedaddled. There was no robbery, there was no pull-over. He lied.”
Bush, who obtained the first interview in which Lochte spun his tale of having a gun held to his forehead, tried to defend the swimmer, saying he had lied about “some details.” Roker was having none of it.
Natalie Morales also called Bush’s bluff on the story, but the outrage belonged to Roker.
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Roker left most people wanting him to land the apology-tour interview with Lochte, but that fell to Matt Lauer. And not long after his outburst, Roker had cooled off and urged everyone to move on. Raise your Caipirinha in a toast to him.