It seems that even Olympic medalists have moms who sometimes say that darndest things.
Ileana “Ike” Lochte, mother of the lovely, lovely Ryan Lochte, when asked during a TODAY show interview about why her lovely, lovely son is still very, very single, she said: ”He goes out on one-night stands. He’s not able to give fully to a relationship because he’s always on the go.”
One-night stands, huh? Interesting. I guess it’s not all that surprising, really.
I mean, sure, I have spent the majority of my time watching the men’s swimming program at these 2012 London Olympics with my bum and my eyes parked thisclose to my television set, all, “I’m sorry, 6-year-old daughter, I really want to hear what you have to say about the butterflies outside, but not right now baby because Ryan Lochte is on his back. ON HIS BACK.” So, I guess it’s safe to say that I am a fan of watching Ryan Lochte
wear a bathing suit swim. But then, the swimmer who finished up his job in London this past Thursday after winning a total of 5 medals—2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze—goes and opens his mouth, uses his signature “JEAH!” and flashes that infamous grill.
THE $25,000 AMERICAN FLAG GRILL (Seriously?)
He also goes on to say that he likes his women in button-down shirts and nothing else, then tells ESPN that he is super thankful that he went into this Olympics without a girlfriend (unlike four years ago), because, you know, there are never enough condoms in the Olympic village, and that he loves a woman in white pants.
So, you can see how the media (and I) might be unsurprised that he likes one-night stands.
Only, apparently, it’s not true and Ryan Lochte’s mom just has no idea what a one-night stand is.
Which...good, I guess?
They both spoke to US Weekly to explain that the entire world has now explained the phrase to Ike Lochte.
“They took it out of context. My mom is really new to all of this and the media,” Lochte tells US. “She meant since the last 4 years I just wanted to focus on swimming, and I didn’t really have time for a relationship. When I’m in a relationship, I want to give that person my entire heart and I wasn’t able to ever do that because of swimming. I’m always on the go. So what she meant is that I do go out on dates. But its not that thing that everyone is talking about, because that’s not me. I’ve never done that and never have been like that, so I don’t want people to think that about me.”
“He’s too busy! He’s so warmhearted that I don’t think he’d want to have a relationship with somebody,” Mama Lochte explains. I don’t think he wants to get into a relationship.”
Ike clarifies further by telling USA Today, “All I wanted to say is that he’s so sensitive about not wanting to hurt a girl dating, so he just goes and dates and takes out a girl for maybe one or two dates.”
Well, thank goodness for that.
Because now I can go back to watching Ryan Lochte on his back.
And hope that he just stops opening his mouth.