Crossfit CEO Steps Down After Remarks About George Floyd
Crossfit Inc. CEO and founder, Greg Glassman, is retiring after his remarks about George Floyd led to sponsors and gym owners cutting ties with the company, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“On Saturday I created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members,” Mr. Glassman said. “I cannot let my behavior stand in the way of HQ’s or affiliates’ missions.” The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation saying “Racism and discrimination are critical public health issues that demand an urgent response.” Mr. Glassman responded to the tweet saying, “It’s FLOYD-19.”
Not long after, he apologized. “My heart is deeply saddened by the pain it has caused. It was a mistake, not racist but a mistake,” he said on the official Crossfit account. Adidas announced that it was ending its partnership with Crossfit after this year. Hundreds of gym owners across the country also stated that they were terminating their affiliate contracts with the company.
Furthermore, a video emerged in which Mr. Glassman stated "we’re not mourning for George Floyd—I don’t think me or any of my staff are.”
Dave Castro, one of Mr. Glassman’s employees, would take over as CEO. “CrossFit is a community—one that is global, diverse, and tough,” Mr. Castro said in a statement. “Our community is hurt, though. Our shared bond brings together millions of people with differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences. Friction is inevitable. Common ground, mutual respect, and fellowship must also be inevitable.”
Mr. Glassman's comments were unacceptable and shows he is part of the problem that the US finds itself currently in.