Michael Phelps Finally Comments On Ryan Lochte's Lochmess

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Ever since Ryan Lochte was caught lying about being held at gunpoint in Rio on August 14th, people are wondering what his teammate, Michael Phelps thinks about the whole ordeal.

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E! News was able to get a comment from Phelps as he was leaving a Scottsdale, Arizona Starbucks.

"We have good people taking care of it, so hopefully," Phelps said when asked Lochte would come out of the scandal "unscathed."

According to sources at the coffee chain, Phelps "seemed relaxed" and graciously stopped to thank fans who congratulated him on racking up so many gold medals in Rio.

Phelps, 31, landed back in America after the games on August 17th, and has been spending his first days of retirement with fiancee Nicole Johnson and three-month-old son, Boomer.

Today, Lochte issued a mea culpa of sorts (kind of) after it was discovered that he and three teammates lied about being held at gunpoint in Rio.

"I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend -- for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics," the statement read.

"I waited to share these thoughts until it was confirmed that the legal situation was addressed and it was clear that my teammates would be arriving home safely."

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Jack Conger andĀ GunnarĀ Bent, two of Lochte's teammates were with him that night, were pulled off a US-bound plane in Rio so that they could be interrogated by officials.

Jimmy Feigen, the third teammate, only got his passport back when he agreed to pay nearly. $11,000 to avoid prosecution.

"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," Lochte continued.

"But regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event.

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