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Scotty Lago -- Apologize and Go ... Or Just Go!

2/21/2010 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If Scotty Lago didn't volunteer to leave the Olympics, he'd have been told to leave by the U.S. Olympic Committee ... this according to sources close to Lago.

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Lago offered up an apology after a mildly suggestive photo of him -- using his bronze medal for snowboarding to score chicks -- popped up on the Internet. He agreed to leave the Olympic Village on his own accord, but sources close to Lago tell TMZ he received an ultimatum from the U.S. Olympic Committee: either say you're sorry and go ... or get ejected from the Olympic Village.

As for when we might hear from Lago himself ... we're told he's in a "blackout period" -- meaning he can't talk about the incident at all until March 3.

A call to the USOC was not returned.

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bunny.girl09    

first

1620 days ago
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Lesley    

Not first. Oh my gosh the olympic committee really needs to lighten up. This is going to make him more famous than if they would not have made a big deal about it. He will probably be on all of the talk shows now.

1620 days ago
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why?    

How utterly ridiculous!

1620 days ago
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Kathie    

Bummer that a lack of judgment cost him the experience of the rest of the games and the closing ceremony. But he signed the contract that clearly outlines conduct guidelines prior to the games. He broke those rules and has to pay the consequences. A painful lesson, no less.

1620 days ago
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femonanon    

Why would the USOC talk to TMZ ?

1620 days ago
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John    

Nice, TMZ... you put up a photo of an American Olympic hero and get him in trouble. What the hell is wrong with you guys?

1620 days ago
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ROBERTO    

Maybe the Olympic Committee is mad at him for not using one of the forteen condoms they alotted to him for these games. I wonder if they would have acted differently toward him if he had won the Gold instead of the Bronze.

1620 days ago
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elin    

Why didn't TMZ tell us what was actually happening in the photos when they first posted them? It looked like he was getting a bj on the street.
According to other sites, the female was kissing the medal (which you can see the ribbon of in the left photo when it was first posted) and biting it in the second.

1620 days ago
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C    

The Olympic committee is way too controlling.

1620 days ago
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liz    

sistaelle: maybe tmz didn't tell us what was going on because it was completely obvious. I could tell what was happening without having anyone spell it out for me. Well I guess some aren't as intelligent as others....

1620 days ago
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C    

Also, isn't attitude, swagger and bad-boy behavior part of the sport of snowboarding? Is the committee trying to neuter these guys?

1620 days ago
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Jennifer    

whatever leave tha guy alone..perhaps after this pic was taken and shown to the world.the olympics got more interesting and got more ratings..lol cuz the olympics are boooooringggg!

1620 days ago
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Subjumpjetter    

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1620 days ago
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JLS    

I agree with the USOC. The pic of him with the girl's face down by his crotch certainly detracted from the gravity of the event. It's just not cool to use that kind of judgement. The Olympics are on going. This guy may be worthy of a gold in snow boarding but his level of maturity sucks. Grow up kid.

1620 days ago
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share    

TMZ, just stop writing about the guy...you have done enough damage and I am still mad at you! The only good the has come out of this is that picture of Scotty's beautiful abs....I can't stop staring at it! lol!

1620 days ago
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