Ryan Lochte’s holdup in Rio

Paul W. Smith

Ah, the 2016 Olympics in Rio!

Basketball courts! Tennis courts! Criminal courts!

Note to Brazil: If you don’t want to draw unwarranted negative attention to your country and your games, do not wait until people get on an airplane to decide you’d like to have them stick around a little longer for a talk.

Removing anyone from their seat on an airplane, and escorting them off the plane is sure to draw a little attention. Escorting two American Olympic athletes (on their way back home to the United States), off the airplane, and you get, well, a lot of attention!

As of this writing, I have no idea what really happened that night, or actually, early morning, with U.S Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and his fellow Olympic swimmers.

Is the fact that Lochte used to have a reality show called “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” have anything to do with anything? Does it make him less credible? It shouldn’t. After all, he represents a country where the sky’s the limit for a reality TV host. You could even run for president one day!

Does it matter that Brazil has a massive chip on its shoulder and sensitivity over anything negative coming out of these games? For instance, before the shattered glass from the windows of a media bus hit the ground, an official investigation came out assuring it was not gun shots that did the damage, but a couple of kids with slingshots — and great aims.

Here’s all I know: never get into a “he said, she said” with an entire country.

Especially one where optics mean everything.

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.