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Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte heading to rehab for 'alcohol addiction'

October 05, 2018 - 3:33 pm

LOS ANGELES (1010 WINS) -- Twelve-time Olympic medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte will seek treatment  for a serious "alcohol addiction," his rep told TMZ.

"Ryan has been battling from alcohol addiction for many years and unfortunately it has become a destructive pattern for him," Lochte's rep said. "He has acknowledged that he needs professional assistance to overcome his problem and will be getting help immediately. "

Lochte, 34, married Kayla Rae Reid earlier this year, and the pair have a child, Caiden Zane Lochte.

The Rochester, N.Y. native's rep added, "Ryan knows that conquering this disease now is a must for him to avoid making future poor decision, to be the best husband and father he can be, and if he wants to achieve his goal to return to dominance in the pool in his 5th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020."

According to TMZ, Lochte was involved in an incident at a hotel in Newport Beach on Thursday morning in which he drunkenly tried to kick in his own hotel room door around 3 a.m.