Thirst-Trapping Olympian Ryan Murphy Addresses Doping at the Games

Tuesday August 3, 2021
Originally published on August 3, 2021

Olympian gold medal winner Ryan Murphy found himself in the midst of a controversy over the weekend when comments he made about doping went viral and led to him, family members, and his girlfriend receiving comments that were "not okay," reports the Washington Post.

The hunky member of the U.S. swim team said Sunday he was "disappointed" his comments on anti-doping during the Olympic swim meet were interpreted as being directed at his Russian backstroke opponents. He also revealed he, his family and his girlfriend have received messages in the days since that are "not okay."

"I think the world needs to do better in terms of fighting doping. I never mentioned specific athletes. I never mentioned specific countries," Murphy said. "And that's how it was taken, and that's disappointing to me that it was taken that way."

The Post report continued: "Murphy did not reveal the nature of the messages he and his loved ones had received, and a USA Swimming spokesperson did not immediately return a message seeking comment."

Murphy made his comments after winning a silver medal in the men's 200-meter backstroke on Friday. This wasn't his first medal win. "At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Murphy swept the backstroke races by winning gold medals in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke," reads his Wikipedia entry. "Murphy also won a gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay with Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, and Cody Miller, and his backstroke relay lap broke Aaron Peirsol's former world record set in 2009."

"At the time," the Post report continues, "Murphy had just been beaten by Russian backstroker Evgeny Rylov in the 200 back, with Rylov adding that gold medal to the one he won earlier in the meet in the 100 back. Only two swimmers beat Murphy across two races in Tokyo: Rylov and his Russian teammate Kliment Kolesnikov, who earned silver in the 100 to Murphy bronze." At the news conference, Murphy sat next to Rylov when asked about the doping. "I think the thing that's frustrating is that you can't answer that question with 100-percent certainty. I don't know if it was 100-percent clean. And that's because of things that have happened over the past ... There is a situation — and that's a problem."

Murphy, according to his website, is a "native of Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Fla., Murphy is passionate about giving every young child the opportunity to learn how to swim and being a role model for young swimmers. He currently trains in Berkeley, CA."

Check out these pics from Murphy's IG: