Lochte's lawyer to AP: Swimmer counseled for alcohol use – WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC

Ryan Lochte is undergoing counseling for alcohol use, but the 12-time Olympic medalist is not in a treatment facility and is training in his bid to make the 2020 Tokyo Games, the swimmer’s lawyer said Thursday.

The decision to pursue counseling has nothing to do with incidents in California and Florida last week, attorney Jeff Ostrow told The Associated Press. Asked if Lochte plans to give up alcohol, he said, “Ryan will make that decision.”

Ostrow said the 34-year-old swimmer wants his family and fans to be proud of him, and he doesn’t want to repeat the “poor decisions” that have plagued him in recent years.

“He is not in a treatment facility. He’s been evaluated by professionals who know the best about this and they have said this is not what he needs to do,” Ostrow said by phone from South Florida. “He’s following the protocols that have been recommended. He’s going to be great.”

A week ago, in Newport Beach, California, Lochte reportedly tried to kick down his hotel room door hours after attending an event for his swimsuit sponsor TYR. No police report was filed.

“Ryan didn’t do anything crazy while he was out there,” Ostrow said.

Later that same night, back in his home state of Florida, Lochte was cited for careless driving after rear-ending another car.

“He 100 percent was not drinking,” Ostrow said. “It was after a long day of flying back from west to east. If alcohol was involved, everyone would know it.”

“He’s not an alcoholic where he’s drinking every day and it’s impacting his ability to function as a father and athlete,” the attorney said. “But there was a pattern of poor decision-making at the same time there was alcohol. Ryan wanted to put an end to that.”

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