Olympian Ryan Lochte Comes Clean About ‘Serious’ Alcohol Addiction And Says He’ll Seek Treatment

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Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has just opened up about his alcohol addiction. The 12-time Olympic medalist is the second-most decorated swimmer, behind Michael Phelps.

Ryan has had many alcohol-related problems over the past few years, and now he’s finally admitting he has an addiction. According to TMZ, Ryan will be seeking treatment for his alcoholism.

Ryan’s admission comes after a booze-fueled situation at a hotel in California. Apparently the swimmer tried to drunkenly kick in his hotel room door.

His lawyer told TMZ, “Ryan has been battling from alcohol addiction for many years and unfortunately it has become a destructive pattern for him.

He has acknowledged that he needs professional assistance to overcome his problem and will be getting help immediately.”

Ryan plans to compete in his fifth Olympics in 2020, so he knows he needs to get his act together before then. His lawyer continued, “Ryan knows that conquering this disease now is a must for him to avoid making future poor decisions, to be the best husband and father he can be, and if he wants to achieve his goal to return to dominance in the pool in his 5th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.”

The father of one recently tied the knot with Kayla Rae Reid, a Playboy Playmate. The two got married in a beautiful ceremony on September 9, 2018.

We hope Ryan Lochte will get the help he needs before the Tokyo Olympics.

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