Ryan Lochte is engaged! Will the fans forgive him for what he did during the Rio Olympics 2016? How far will he justify his wrong deeds?

Here is the story in brief.

The Engagement

American competitive swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is now engaged to his long-time girlfriend Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid. The 32-year-old has proposed to Reid in an adorably unusual way.

Ryan thought of catching his girl off-guard in a way she’d never expect. He finally popped the question on Malibu Canyon after a helicopter ride from Burbank over downtown Los Angeles. Their romantic voyage was accompanied by champagne, strawberries and cheesecake.  It was a sparkling platinum ring with a radiant cut diamond that managed to steal the show and convinced Kayla to say ‘Yes’! learned ENews.

The question is this: will the world forget and forgive the athlete for what he did during the Summer Olympics in Brazil this year? Lochte made quite a headline for misinterpreting things to the Rio police during the event.

The Scandal

Ryan Lochte and the three other US swimmers James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were involved in an altercation at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics 2016. Lochte claimed he and his teammates were robbed at gunpoint by men brandishing a police badge on their way back from a party. Brazilian authorities later on discovered that the incident was a complete fabrication by the American swimmers. The authorities conveyed that the four athletes actually vandalized a gas station and then got into an argument with security guards there.

In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Lochte admitted that it was wrong on his part that he made a story about a robbery, which turned out to be an international Olympics scandal, reported CNN.

In his words: “I over-exaggerated that story and if I had never done that, we wouldn’t be in this mess. None of this would have happened.

Is it easy to ‘Forgive and Forget’?

Now that Ryan Lochte is engaged, will he be able to move on? Will his fans be able to overlook what he did during the Olympics 2016? No doubt, he brought disgrace to his country as well as to his profession.

They say time is a great healer but in this case, how much time is needed for the public to let go of the erroneous acts of Ryan Lochte?