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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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16.

Suck My Bronze.    

Le'go my Lago!

1651 days ago
17.

glaydys    

Geez, what's the big deal? He's a snowboarder for heavens sake! The USOC has way too much power.

1651 days ago
18.

Chris    

Good Job TMZ you guys suck ass. I hate shows and mags that do what you loosers do. Hmm I wonder if this site could report real news. Wait most of what I see reporting from the 1 show I watched were what looked like high school drop outs.

1651 days ago
19.

Tamara    

omg, atleast get a prettier girl to be the reason why they sent lago homoe. that girll was totally not worth the trouble. eww

1651 days ago
20.

Scott    

Hey TMZ,
I see your gleeful faces on your show as you harass and try to ruin people's lives... do you get satisfaction for getting the olympian in trouble? You couldn't resist posting something just once? Did you really have to do it? Yes he made a bad decision but anyone would be silly partying after that. i don't know how you sleep at night

1651 days ago
21.

ant    

i think the Olympic Committee people need their medals kissed cuz they grumpy lol

1651 days ago
22.

Me    

Yes, it was completely nasty of TMZ to post the pictures like that. Then again, TMZ is not exactly known for having any morals. Look how they exploited Britney Spears when she was having an obvious mental health crisis.

On the otherhand, what the hell is the point of the Olympics if a hot, 20-something year old hot dude can't use his medal to score a pretty girl? Oh just grow up.

1651 days ago
23.

Lisa    

Shame on you TMZ, for getting this guy kicked out of the Olympics. Is this yet another crowning achievement for you? Sometimes you guys go too far, although you'll never admit it.

1651 days ago
24.

Ruby    

Geez. He's a young kid who made a stupid mistake, I don't see why he should have been sent home. The girl in the pics doesn't look like she was doing anything against her will. Just young kids being silly and having a good time.

1651 days ago
25.

share    

I still don't get WHY you would post that picture. You seem to be pretty intelligent over there with your reporting and that is the reason I visit this site daily.
You HAD to have known this would cause trouble. You ruined this guy's Olympic experience. He could still be there now enjoying everything if it weren't for you.
Snowboarding was by far the most fun to watch. You owe him an apology. You have lost my respect.

1651 days ago
26.

Rip It Up    

Lago is just another moron jock that has disgraced the country and the Olympics by his arrogant conduct. They should take the medal away from him. He's a punk and a pig.

1651 days ago
27.

pink floyd    

no need to apologize you did nothing wrong...congrats on the win.......... from a canadian.

1651 days ago
28.

pink floyd    

TO JLS....go crap in your hat!!!!

1651 days ago
29.

tmz grow up    

tmz, man up and admit it. the pictures didnt just "pop up" on the internet. they popped up because of YOU TMZ. you;ve already hurt this young talented athlete so be man enough and admit you were the reason behind it. and as said before, Why would the USOC talk to YOU TMZ? Stop slandering talented athletes with YOUR nonsense. They actually work hard to attain their success.

1651 days ago
30.

Rotten    

i find it funny how people are makin such a big deal out of this. He isnt doin anything bad. Let him be you damn crybabies haha! Damn, for real. I have much respect For Scotty and im a big fan of him. He kicks ass ;)

1651 days ago
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