"As nice as it is to be home, I already miss the beauty of Rio and the friendliness of its people. Thank you Rio for hosting the…Games and for making us feel so welcome!" Michael Phelps tweeted
Michael Phelps, the most-decorated Olympian of all time, sent out a tweet on Friday reminiscing about the 2016 Rio Games – but the swimmer made no mention of the recent controversy surrounding longtime teammate Ryan Lochte.
“As nice as it is to be home, I already miss the beauty of Rio and the friendliness of its people. Thank you Rio for hosting the…Games and for making us feel so welcome!” he wrote.
Not mentioned: Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen – the four athletes in an alleged vandalism and confrontation with armed security at a Rio gas station that police say Lochte and Feigen covered up with a fabricated story about an armed robbery.
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Phelps, 31, did speak out about the controversy on Friday to paparazzi outside a Scottsdale, Arizona, Starbucks.
When asked whether or not he believes Lochte will emerge from the controversy unscathed, he simply responded: “We have good people taking care of it, so hopefully.”
And in a statement released to PEOPLE, USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus said: “The last five days have been difficult for our USA Swimming and United States Olympic families. While we are thankful our athletes are safe, we do not condone the lapse in judgment and conduct that led us to this point. It is not representative of what is expected as Olympians, as Americans, as swimmers and as individuals.
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“That this is drawing attention away from Team USA’s incredible accomplishments in the water and by other athletes across the Olympic Games is upsetting. The athletes and their remarkable stories should be the focus.
“We’re extremely thankful of the support and efforts from the USOC, Department of State and U.S. Consulate General throughout this process. USA Swimming will undergo a thorough review of the incident and determine any further actions, per our Code of Conduct.”
Lochte, 32, returned to the U.S. this week before Brazilian authorities said they were seeking him for more questioning. He has since released an apology in which he explained: “It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country – with a language barrier – and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry.”
Conger and Bentz have also arrived back in America are speaking with police, but Feigen remained in Brazil as authorities had confiscated his passport, according to the USOC.
On Friday it was reported that he’d reached an agreement with Brazilian authorities which would allow him to return home that same day.