Greg Glassman resigns as CEO of Crossfit after controversial tweets about George Floyd

Greg Glassman resigns as CEO of Crossfit after controversial tweets about George Floyd

In statement on TuesdayGlassman said he decided to retire after “creating a rift in the CrossFit community and inadvertently hurting many of its members.”

“Those who know me know that my only problem is the chronic disease epidemic,” Glassman said. “I know that CrossFit is the solution to this epidemic and that CrossFit HQ and its staff act as administrators of CrossFit partners worldwide. I cannot let my behavior hinder the missions of our headquarters or partners.”

CrossFit has been embroiled in controversy over the past week – first because gym owners said they were disappointed with the company’s failure to quickly issue a statement of solidarity with protesters or support for black athletes, as dozens of companies did days after George Floyd’s death. Then on Saturday, Glassman posted a lot controversial tweets mentioning the death of Floyd and the pandemic of corona.

Glassman on that day criticized a statement from the Institute for the Measurement and Evaluation of Health that called racism a public health issue in response to “Floyd-19”.

In a follow-up tweet, Glassman said the coronavirus model at the Institute for Health Research “failed” and criticized it for modeling a “solution to racism.”

Glassman’s tweets prompted Reebok and other brand partners, including gyms, to distance themselves from CrossFit. Glassman apologized and rejected the tweets on Sunday, saying he and CrossFit “will not defend racism.”

Glassman will be replaced as CEO by Dave Castro, the director of CrossFit Games.

“I am honored to be the CEO of CrossFit, Inc.,” Castro said in a statement. “I hope to do it right from partners, coaches, athletes and other members of the CrossFit community around the world and never forget the mission Greg established for all of us.”

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