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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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91.

OCO    

Regardless of whether or not the commitee over reacted he did sign a contract. He broke it. That's it that's all. I agree its all stupid but I didn't have to sign anything. He knew the rules going in. It's too bad too.

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92.

JMJ    

He's just a kid out having fun after what has likely been a stressful competition. It was a spur of the moment thing & too bad he needs to be punished so severely.

1683 days ago
93.

Jim in Vegas    

Is this the same olympics that puts 100,000 condoms in Olympic Village??

1683 days ago
94.

mindy    

Shame on TMZ! This young guy was having fun and celebrating. Your picture and story made this ant hill into a mountain.

1683 days ago
95.

topapito    

Lack of judgment? You're kidding right? So the kid goes out to celebrate his victory and medal. He finds a girl willing to have some fun, and he gets booted off the Olympics for it? Talk about double standards! Poor kid. The Olympics committee should be ashamed of themselves.

1683 days ago
96.

Old Guy    

he's a young guy and he did something dopey - geeze that's never happened before - who gives AF?

1683 days ago
97.

ellie    

There are rules of behavior that they agreed to follow. Terrible mistake for his financial future, this guy totally lost, he had to leave and that is it! WHAT AN IDIOT!

1683 days ago
98.

ChuckB    

He got what he deserved, plain and simply.

1683 days ago
99.

Fashoda    

Lago is a scruffy doper loser. Snowboarding should not be in the Olympics, send all the scraggy clowns home. Lago showed pathetic disrespect for America, the Olympics and even himself when he hung his medal over his balls, where apparently he keeps his little brain! At least he was letting a woman kiss his "brains", not one of those incredibly effeminate skaters.

1683 days ago
100.

CMarie Gray    

Boys will be boys. No telling what kind of sacrafices Scott made to get to there. So, he went a little overboard with the celebrating. Some "folks" need to get over this.

1683 days ago
101.

L.N.Daview    

TMZ.com sucks for not considering how these photos could put a damper on Lago's Olympic experience.

1683 days ago
102.

stonecold    

Dude's uglier than a hound dog. He needs a medal to have a chick go down on him...

1683 days ago
103.

Brenda Turlick    

Harvey Levin, I absolutely loved your show, but I have to agree, this decision to air the incident with Scott Lago, was not right in my opinion. Yes, he did break the rules, yes, he did use bad judgement, yes, he should be reprimanded in some way, like a slap on the wrist, no, absolutely not, should he have been kicked out of the olympics!! My god, aren't we americans, more forgiving of stupid mistakes we have all made, most a hell of lot worse than that! I am considered a prude by some people who know me and I don't even think he should have been so severly punished, doesn't that tell you something?

1683 days ago
104.

kc    

TMZ SHOULD BE REALLY PROUD OF THEMSELVES. THIS WAS ALL CAUSED BY TMZ PRINTING THE PICTURES. READ THE STORY, NOT ON TMZ BUT A REPUTABLE NEWS SITE AND IT SAYS IT ON THERE. JUST OUT TO MAKE MONEY THEY RUINED A PERSONS DREAM. WHAT HE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR HIS WHOLE LIFE. THIS SITE SUCKS AND SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED.

1683 days ago
105.

homer    

"acting like a sex maniac" Ha!!Ha!! What planet are you on??

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