I am still unsure about this whole situation. The Brazilian authorities are known for their corruption, and they are very paranoid about bad reports due to the legitimate problems and crime in Rio. If this is true, they need to release the video footage. If not, the truth is never really going to come out.
While it is not pleasant to think the Brazilian authorities are covering up a criminal act, that possibility is much more palatable than the idea that three U.S. Olympic athletes would break down a gas station door and fight with security. We expect our athletes to act with a little more decorum than that.
While it is undeniable that Brazil has had various issues in hosting the 2016 summer Olympics and probably would want to keep any more trouble out of the news, if a video exists of the swimmers in question breaking down a door and fighting a security guard at a gas station then a cover up is unlikely. The existence of such a video would actually call into question whether or not the swimmers were trying to cover up their actions by fabricating a story about being mugged.
Many people were concerned about security at the Rio Olympics. Rio is known as one of the most crime-riddled and dangerous cities in the world. Brazilian authorities have made extraordinary efforts to protect the safety of Olympic athletes and the people in attendance. The alleged robbery of Olympic athletes has captured global attention, and Brazilian authorities have no reason to lie about the circumstance.