NBC August 14, 2016 transcript
Lochte: "We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over," Lochte told NBC on Sunday afternoon. "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground."And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, 'Get down,' and I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials."
Here are the key indicators of deception that I read.
"These guys" + "a badge" = illogical connection; one badge among them?
"a police badge" = an unnecessary clarification unless the speaker feels it important to clarify what kind of badge it was
"no lights, no nothing" = begs the question of how the driver was made to pull over
"just a police badge" = third repetition of a detail indicates the speaker is attempting to convince instead of convey
"They pulled us over" = second repetition of a detail signaling attempt to convince rather than convey
"they told the other swimmers to get down" = Lochte is experiencing cognitive overload in telling the lie; the pronoun change from the previous "us" to "the other swimmers" is illogical
"I refused" = another sign of cognitive overload, the mental strain of attempting to tell a lie; if the other swimmers were told to get down, why would Lochte refuse to get down? It's illogical and a clear indicator of deception
"I was like we didn't do...." = in a highly stressful encounter, a person is unlikely to explain what happened with unemphatic words
"then the guy pulled out his gun" = Lochte forgot that he had just said that "they pulled out their guns"; clear sign of cognitive overload and deception
"I was like 'whatever' = another illogical and unemphatic response to a having a cocked gun put to his forehead
"He took our money, he took my wallet" = pronoun change from "our" to "my" is an indicator of deceit
"he left...he left..." = statistically, the word "left" at the end of an open statement is a strong indicator of deception.
Another solid indicator of deceit is that Lochte does not use one word of emotion in the entire story. This demonstrates that the story he told came from the creative portions of his brain, not the memory portion of his brain. He has no memory of a cocked gun being put to his head.