Two American swimmers who were allegedly robbed at gunpoint with teammate Ryan Lochte several days ago were pulled off their plane at Rio’s airport Wednesday evening as Brazilian authorities continue to investigate their claims.

In news first broken by NBC National Correspondent Peter Alexander, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were detained for questioning and later released under the condition that they would cooperate with officials.

Early Thursday morning, the USOC released the following statement:

“Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained Wednesday night shortly before their flight was scheduled to depart from Rio. They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday. James Feigen is also communicating with local authorities and intends to make further statements regarding the incident on Thursday as well. We will continue to provide updated information as it is appropriate.”

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