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.