CrossFit CEO resigns after controversial George Floyd tweet

CrossFit CEO resigns after controversial George Floyd tweet

CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman stepped down on Tuesday following massive backlash against a tweet he made over the weekend that referenced George Floyd’s killing.

Driving the news: Reebok, several top-tier athletes and multiple gyms across the country have since broke ties with CrossFit in response to Glassman’s tweet and his comments in response to pressure to issue a statement in support of Black Lives Matter.

Catch up quick: Glassman tweeted on Saturday, “FLOYD-19” in response to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation saying that discrimination and racism are crucial public health issues, apparently linking the coronavirus pandemic to Floyd’s death.

  • In response to pressure from the CrossFit community to issue statements in support of Black Lives Matter, Glassman called an affiliate gym owner “delusional” via email, NPR reports.
  • Dave Castro, director of CrossFit Games, is taking over Glassman’s role.

Between the lines: “We’re not mourning for George Floyd — I don’t think me or any of my staff are,” Glassman allegedly told gym owners over a private Zoom call on Saturday, as first reported by BuzzFeed News several hours before his resignation.

Source: Axios

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