FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time in a men's 4x200-meter freestyle heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lochte’s attorney says the swimmer is seeking help for poor decision making that occurs when alcohol is involved, but the 12-time Olympic medalist is not in a treatment facility and he continues to train for a shot at the 2020 Tokyo Games. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Lochte's lawyer to AP: Swimmer counseled for alcohol use

October 11, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Ryan Lochte's attorney says the swimmer is undergoing counseling for alcohol use, but the 12-time Olympic medalist is not in a treatment facility and is training in his bid to make the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Jeff Ostrow tells The Associated Press on Thursday that Lochte's decision to pursue counseling has nothing to do with incidents in California and Florida last week.

Asked if Lochte plans to give up alcohol, Ostrow says, "Ryan will make that decision."

Ostrow says the 34-year-old swimmer wants his family and fans to be proud of him, and he doesn't want to repeat the "poor decisions" that have plagued him in recent years.

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