The world first got to know Ryan Lochte as the second most famous swimmer on the 2016 US Olympic swimming team, a consequence of being teammates with one of the greatest swimmers and one of the greatest Olympians ever, Michael Phelps.
Lochte never would have become an even bigger household name, however, if it weren’t for the fact that he was caught red-handed in a lie about getting mugged in Brazil after a night out partying. It turns out that Lochte and his American teammates weren’t really robbed by thugs dressed as police officers. They had actually been caught by security guards when Lochte and crew were relieving themselves outside of a gas station. The incident became known as “Lochtegate” and probably led Ryan to greater fame than he would have had for just swimming (including his casting in Dancing with the Stars).
Well, it isn’t that Ryan Lochte is simply bad at lying, he just isn’t the sharpest spoon in the drawer. Check out some of these hilarious interview moments from Lochte’s career:
But Lochte might have outdone himself in October 2016 when he accidentally revealed that he had no idea how old his dog was….for the third year in a row.
The astute Twitter user @, who describes herself as a “full-time doodler, part-time Canadian,” noticed a minor inconsistency in a Lochte tweet celebrating his dog’s eighth birthday.
how old is Ryan Lochte’s dog pic.twitter.com/k1d0WLXUF1
— Gráinne (@wholegrainne) October 23, 2016
Lochte was making the kind gesture of wishing his dog, Carter, a happy birthday by posting a picture of him, something that a lot of pet owners do. No problem there. The only issue is that Lochte had already celebrated Carter’s eighth birthday last year on the same date. And the year before that in 2014. So somewhere between 2014 and 2016, Lochte lost track of his dog’s real age. For all we know, he could have been celebrating poor Carter’s eighth birthday every year for the past 10 years.
After @‘s tweet garnered thousands of likes and re-tweets, Lochte soon changed the original tweet, clarifying that it was now Carter’s ninth birthday.
— Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) October 23, 2016
Unfortunately, it seems that this only confused people more, since it didn’t account for the fact that Carter had still already celebrated two eighth birthdays.
@RyanLochte you mean..happy 10th..?
— Carrie McGehee (@carriejo4ever) October 24, 2016
@RyanLochte are you sure?
— KN (@kristinallbani) October 24, 2016
@RyanLochte When will the lies stop
— AGB (@anniebunster00) October 24, 2016
@RyanLochte how old is this fucking dog
— Billy (@BillyZambidis) October 24, 2016
Apparently, there were plenty of people who didn’t mind at all and congratulated Carter on being nine, or ten, or whatever he was.
@RyanLochte Happy 9th Birthday! Cheers to you and your Heineken! ?
— Pam Henson (@pamihenson8) October 23, 2016
@RyanLochte awe.. Happy Birthday! Such a sweet baby.
— April Summers (@AprilSummers14) October 23, 2016
However old Carter is, we wish him the best and can’t wait for his eighth birthday next year!