CrossFit CEO Dan Glassman is stepping down days after his ignorant remarks about George Floyd resulted in lost partnerships and public outrage.
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In his statement, Dan basically said he’s retiring after embarrassing the CrossFit community.
I’m stepping down as CEO of CrossFit, Inc., and I have decided to retire. On Saturday I created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members. Since I founded CrossFit 20 years ago, it has become the world’s largest network of gyms. All are aligned in offering an elegant solution to the vexing problem of chronic disease. Creating CrossFit and supporting its affiliates and legions of professional trainers has been a labor of love.
Those who know me know that my sole issue is the chronic disease epidemic. I know that CrossFit is the solution to this epidemic and that CrossFit HQ and its staff serve as the stewards of CrossFit affiliates worldwide. I cannot let my behavior stand in the way of HQ’s or affiliates’ missions. They are too important to jeopardize.
Glassman DID NOT issue an apology for referring to George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police officers, as a public health issue.
Dave Castro will serve as the new CEO.
He released the following statement:
CrossFit is a community — one that is global, diverse, and tough. Every person in our community shares a common bond. We are all dedicated to a visionary, transformative approach to health and fitness. Our individual passions for that approach have forged an enduring community.
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. I’m honored to take on the role of CEO of CrossFit, Inc. I hope to do right by affiliates, trainers, athletes, and other members of the CrossFit community around the world and never lose sight of the mission Greg established for us all.
Greg Glassman became a racist cancer in his own village.
It appears an “apology” was posted on Twitter. I don’t know who wrote it because it darn sure wasn’t Dan.