Brazilian MMA legend Royce Gracie has a message to Ryan Lochte -- cut the crap and tell the TRUTH already!
We spoke with Gracie moments ago about the Lochte situation in his home country -- and Gracie told us he's sick and tired of the lies.
"You are a professional athlete. The young generation is looking up to you ... come clean."
Gracie believes the root of the problem is alcohol -- with Brazilian officials saying Lochte and the other 3 swimmers were hammered when they vandalized a gas station bathroom in Rio.
"He needs to clean up his act and stop drinking," Gracie says ... "People will respect him more."
"As an athlete I am on a different level. I don’t drink, never smoked. He should know that and he forgets what the life of an athlete is."
"It’s time for him to quit drinking and don’t ever drink again ... that's what caused this."