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Ryan Lochte plays doting dad after car crash, alcohol abuse revelations

Ryan Lochte is trying to find some semblance of normal in his life after a chaotic past few days that saw a drunken hotel tirade, a car crash, and reveals of alcohol abuse.

The Olympian swimmer was seen mowing the grass and watching over his son Caiden outside his home in Florida on Sunday.  

Lochte showed off his ripped torso as he tackled household chores, a day after it was revealed he planned to seek professional help for alcohol abuse. 

The doting dad happily let his one-year-old son help with yard, walking slowly so Caiden could push the lawn mower.  

Lochte found himself in the headlines all weekend after police were called to his California hotel room when he tried to kick his own door in.

Ryan Lochte was seen mowing the grass and watching over his one-year-old son Caiden outside his home in Florida on Sunday 

Lochte is trying to find some semblance of normal in his life after a chaotic past few days that saw a drunken hotel tirade, a car crash, and reveals of alcohol abuse

Lochte is trying to find some semblance of normal in his life after a chaotic past few days that saw a drunken hotel tirade, a car crash, and reveals of alcohol abuse

Just hours later, Lochte got in a car accident in Gainesville, Florida.

The Olympic swimmer called 911 and told the operator he ‘just rear-ended the people in front of me’. 

‘We just got in an accident,’ Lochte can be heard telling the emergency dispatcher in the recording, which was obtained by TMZ. 

Pictures on Monday showed Lochte’s smashed up 2014 Porsche sitting in a towing yard in Gainesville with extensive damage to the front end of the driver’s side.

A police report estimated damages to be around $5,000. 

In the released 911 call, the operator asks if Lochte was involved in the crash.  

Lochte showed off his ripped torso as he tackled household chores, a day after it was revealed he planned to seek professional help for alcohol abuse

Lochte showed off his ripped torso as he tackled household chores, a day after it was revealed he planned to seek professional help for alcohol abuse

Lochte was happy to let his toddler son help, moving the mower slowly so Caiden could follow

At other points Lochte was seen manning the lawn mower by himself as he cleaned up the lawn

Lochte was happy to let his toddler son help, moving the mower slowly so Caiden could follow

The champion swimmer found himself in the headlines all weekend after police were called to his California hotel room when he tried to kick his own door in and then got in a car accident

The champion swimmer found himself in the headlines all weekend after police were called to his California hotel room when he tried to kick his own door in and then got in a car accident

‘Yeah, um, yeah,’ he replies. ‘I rear-ended the people in front of me.’ 

‘Was anyone injured?’ she asks. 

‘Uh, no,’ he replies. ‘Wait, yeah, yeah no,’ he then continues, clearly unsure.

The driver of the grey Nissan that Lochte struck was later taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

TMZ also obtained another 911 call from a witness at the scene, who said there was a ‘car completely dark in the middle of the road’.  

‘A car, totally lights out, stalled in the middle of the road,’ the woman can be heard telling the dispatcher, although it remains unclear if she was referring to Lochte’s car.

Pictures show Lochte's smashed up 2014 Porsche sitting in a Gainesville towing yard after he crashed the car on Thursday night

Pictures show Lochte’s smashed up 2014 Porsche sitting in a Gainesville towing yard

The Porsche suffered extensive damage to the front end of the driver's side when he rear-ended a Nissan 

The Porsche suffered extensive damage to the front end of the driver’s side in the crash 

A police report estimated damages to be around $5,000 for Lochte's two-door sports car 

A police report estimated damages to be around $5,000 for Lochte’s two-door sports car 

‘Are they blocking the roadway?’ the dispatcher asks. 

‘Yeah, yeah! Everything’s horrible,’ she replies.  

A  police report obtained by US Weekly reveals the driver in front of Lochte slammed on their brakes around 9.45pm.

Lochte ‘attempted to brake and veer right’, but ended up striking the car on the rear passenger side. He was cited for ‘careless driving’.  

Alcohol was not deemed a factor in the crash and police said Lochte’s condition appeared normal.  

While Lochte was tackling household chores on Sunday, his wife Kayla Rae Reid headed to a friend’s baby shower. 

The former Playboy model wore a pale yellow sundress dotted with flowers for the occasion. 

While Lochte was tackling household chores on Sunday, his wife Kayla Rae Reid headed to a friend's baby shower

While Lochte was tackling household chores on Sunday, his wife Kayla Rae Reid headed to a friend’s baby shower

The former Playboy model wore a pale yellow sundress dotted with flowers for the occasion

The former Playboy model wore a pale yellow sundress dotted with flowers for the occasion

Reid could be seen removing gifts and plates of homemade food from her car as she arrived at the party on Sunday

Reid could be seen removing gifts and plates of homemade food from her car as she arrived at the party on Sunday

Reid shared a photo of her look on Instagram on Sunday with the caption 'baby showering'

Reid shared a photo of her look on Instagram on Sunday with the caption ‘baby showering’

Reid could be seen removing gifts and plates of homemade food from her car as she arrived at the party. 

On Saturday, Reid and Lochte were spotted at a football game at the University of Florida, where he graduated from in 2007.

‘Turned @kaylaraereid into a @floridagators her first GATOR game! We had a blast!! #gogators,’ Lochte wrote with a picture of a couple he shared on Twitter and Instagram. 

Lochte flew back to Florida on Thursday morning just hours after he was involved in a drunken tirade at a California hotel.

Police were called to the scene in Newport Beach around 3am but no arrests were made and Lochte was able to ease the situation with the hotel. 

Lochte's 911 call, made moments after he was involved in a car accident on Thursday in Gainesville, Florida (pictured), was released on Monday

Lochte’s 911 call, made moments after he was involved in a car accident on Thursday in Gainesville, Florida (pictured), was released on Monday

On Saturday, two days after the crash, Reid and Lochte were spotted at a football game at the University of Florida, where he graduated from in 2007

On Saturday, two days after the crash, Reid and Lochte were spotted at a football game at the University of Florida, where he graduated from in 2007

The incident prompted the 12-time Olympic medalist to acknowledge that his drinking is a serious issue that requires professional help before it gets worse.

‘Ryan has been battling from alcohol addiction for many years and unfortunately it has become a destructive pattern for him,’ Lochte’s lawyer, Jeff Ostrow told TMZ.  

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

‘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 fifth Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.’    

But Ostrow insisted the fender bender had nothing to do with Ryan’s rehab decision.

‘It was the tiniest of accidents and had nothing to do with his decision to seek treatment,’ he told People.

‘It’s embarrassing that the outlets would even consider reporting on it.’

A police report reveals the driver in front of Lochte (pictured with wife Kayla Reid and one-year-old son Caiden) slammed on his brakes around 9.45pm. Lochte 'attempted to brake and veer right', but ended up striking a car on the rear passenger side

A police report obtained by US Weekly reveals the driver in front of Lochte (pictured with wife Kayla Reid and one-year-old son Caiden) slammed on his brakes around 9.45pm. Lochte ‘attempted to brake and veer right’, but ended up striking a car on the rear passenger side

The incident comes just weeks after Lochte married Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid (pictured on her wedding day)

Lochte pictured on his wedding day on September 9

The incident comes just weeks after Lochte married Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid (pictured on their wedding day) 

The incident comes just weeks after Lochte married Reid, with whom he has a one-year-old  Caiden.

And this is not the first time Lochte has been involved in a drunken dispute. 

In 2016, he was arrested in Brazil during the Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics for vandalizing a gas station and then returning to the US and lying about it.

The incident became known as ‘Lochtegate’ after the swimmer admitted to ‘over-exaggerating the story’ that he and his teammates had been robbed at gunpoint at the gas station. 

DailyMail.com debunked his claims after obtaining surveillance footage showing a drunken and jubilant Lochte urinating on the side of the gas station and vandalizing the property.

He later said in an interview that he had been drunk and was suspended from domestic and international swimming competitions for 10 months, losing his sponsors in the process. 

This is not the first time Lochte has been involved in a drunken dispute. In 2016, he was arrested in Brazil during the Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics for vandalizing a gas station

This is not the first time Lochte has been involved in a drunken dispute. In 2016, he was arrested in Brazil during the Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics for vandalizing a gas station

Lochte claimed he was robbed at gunpoint, but surveillance footage showed a drunken and jubilant Lochte urinating on the side of the gas station and vandalizing the property

Lochte claimed he was robbed at gunpoint, but surveillance footage showed a drunken and jubilant Lochte urinating on the side of the gas station and vandalizing the property

Last year Lochte was cleared of criminal charges in the Rio Olympics scandal. But Brazil’s Superior Court overturned that decision in June.

‘After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world. There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, “If I go to bed and never wake up, fine,'” Lochte told ESPN in 2017. 

Asked if that meant he had considered suicide, Lochte nodded, saying: ‘I was about to hang up my entire life.’ 

Months following Rio he got engaged to Reid and said the birth of their son in June 2017 changed things for him.

‘That completely changed my life and completely changed me,’ he told USA Today. 

‘Honestly the reason why I came back is because of Caiden. There is more I wanted to accomplish in the sport of swimming, but my heart wasn’t there.’ 

In May Lochte posted this photo receiving an IV treatment that violated the US Anti-Doping Agency rules, landing him a 14-month suspension that will end in July 2019

In May Lochte posted this photo receiving an IV treatment that violated the US Anti-Doping Agency rules, landing him a 14-month suspension that will end in July 2019

‘We found out that we were having a child, and when Caiden was born, I was like, “That’s it. That’s what I needed.” And this spark is a spark I’ve never had in my entire life. I can’t explain it. I’m more driven now than I have ever been.’

Lochte returned to competition in August 2017 but trouble stirred again this summer when he broke the US Anti-Doping Agency rules by posting a photo of himself receiving an unapproved IV infusion on May 24.

He didn’t have a therapeutic use exemption and the infusion was larger than the 100ml allowed over a 12-hour period – landing the Olympian a 14-month suspension as punishment.

The suspension will end in July 2019 and could jeopardize Lochte’s hopes to land a spot on the 2020 Olympic team.

Lochte said he got the IV – which contained mostly B-complex vitamins – to avoid catching his wife and son’s illness.

‘A rule is a rule and I accept that there is a technical violation. I am hopeful that other athletes learn from my mistake,’ he told Associated Press. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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