Ryan Lochte wants Alex Rodriguez to show him the money.
The Olympic gold medalist last year went on A-Rod’s CNBC show, “Back in the Game,” in which Rodriguez aimed to mentor athletes who had fallen into hard times. Lochte joined that group after the 2016 Olympics in Rio, when he and three teammates were accused of embellishing a story that they were robbed at gunpoint at a local gas station.
Lochte lost millions of dollars in sponsorships from the incident, but the show with A-Rod was poised to help make up for some of that. Rodriguez had set him up with a deal through the personal training app Fitplan that was reportedly going to pay Lochte $15,000 per month, according to SwimSwam.
But the payments have not come as promised, according to Lochte.
“I was supposed to be getting paid like monthly,” Lochte said on an episode of “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” that is set to air this weekend. “But, I’ve only been paid three times. And that deal started in November of last year.”
Lochte said he was told the issue was over him not attracting enough subscribers to the app.
“I just recently reached out even like a month ago to Alex, being like, ‘Dude, I know you got me. Your show is ‘Back in the Game.’ There is good and bad things that happened out of this, but ‘Back in the Game,’ like I’m not really back in the game,’” Lochte said. “‘Like, I’m still back at where I started before the show started. Like, so what did you really like … Are you going to try to get me another deal or what?’ And like, haven’t heard anything from him.”
Lochte, who recently served a 14-month suspension for receiving a prohibited IV infusion, said A-Rod’s show did help him in apologizing to teammates. But he also took issue with how it portrayed his wife, Kayla Rae Reid.
“Now that it’s over and everything, I don’t have anything to hide, like I didn’t like it,” Lochte said. “Like, the perception that he portrayed to my wife was completely wrong. We were looking at cars, because we want- had to trade in her car for the show, or whatever, and to cut down our expenses. And um, they made her say like, “Oh, this is no.” Being like, “No, this is not. I would never drive this.”
“And that’s not her at all. She’s, like, the penny pincher. And it portrayed her as being this superficial person, and that’s not her at all, and I was really hurt about that part because I have to protect my family, and I was pissed off about that…I was like, “This is bulls–t. Like, what are they doing?”
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