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Twitter mocks Ryan Lochte as Rio detains his teammates

U.S. Olympic Swim Team members Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were detained in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday night, following their teammate Ryan Lochte's allegations that a group of swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint.

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A Brazilian police source has since refuted the robbery story, saying video shows the swimmers actually got into a scuffle at a gas station bathroom.

Lochte, who left Brazil before authorities could seize his passport and detain him as well, has since come in for a heap of Twitter mocking.

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Bentz, a University of Georgia standout, and the University of Texas' Conger were removed from an airplane bound for the United States and were taken to the police station at Galeão International Airport.

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Attorney Sergio Viegas told The Associated Press that Conger and Bentz left the Rio de Janeiro airport for an unspecified location in Brazil and had yet to testify. The swimmers did not speak to reporters upon leaving, but the USOC said they will cooperate with police.

Meanwhile here's what Twitter wags have to say about Lochte:

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