Jack Conger, one of the three U.S. swimmers detained in Rio, could be heading home soon.
His father Stephen Conger told ESPN Thursday that he'd been in contact with his son via text message. If all went according to plan, Jack would fly home on Thursday night.
What happened to prompt the international drama is still murky.
According to U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte, he and three teammates (Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen) had stopped to use a gas station bathroom when they were robbed at gunpoint by men posing as police officers.
Rio police investigators held a press conference Thursday afternoon contradicting Lochte's account. They alleged that the Americans fabricated the robbery story to cover up vandalizing the gas station's restroom and being with women who were not their girlfriends. The police pointed to surveillance footage from the scene that night.
Investigators said gas station security guards confronted the group about damage to the restroom, at which point Lochte became combative, prompting one of the guards to draw a firearm to "control" the situation. The swimmers then offered the guards the equivalent of $70 U.S. dollars to pay for the damage and left the scene before the police arrived.
Rio police also stated that at least one of Lochte's teammates admitted that the robbery story was made up and gave a different account that matched the police version of events.
Both sides agree that the athletes used the bathroom at the gas station, were confronted by men who pointed a gun at them and gave money to those men before leaving.
Conger's father doesn't know what to believe. "We're as in the dark as anyone about what happened. I don't know if there was a robbery or not," Stephen told ESPN. But he suspects the situation is now "more a political ordeal than a criminal one."
When Jack was removed from his flight Wednesday for questioning by Rio police, he wasn't actually under arrest, Stephen said. The 21-year-old swimmer stayed the night in a hotel with U.S. government personnel guarding him.