CrossFit CEO Resigns Following Public Backlash

Greg Glassman acknowledged having “created a rift” in the fitness community with his remarks on the death of George Floyd.

The 20-year CEO and founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, announced his resignation and retirement on Tuesday after facing mounting criticism for his recent comments. Dave Castro, the director of the Cross-Fit Games, has been named as his replacement.

Glassman’s resignation follows a wave of public disapproval stemming from the former CEO’s statements on the death of George Floyd, which prompted several organisations and individuals to cut ties with Cross-Fit.

First calling a former CrossFit affiliate gym owner “delusional” for requesting that the company speak out on race relations, Glassman wrote “It’s FLOYD-19” in response to a tweet stating that racism was a public health issue.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Glassman acknowledged the division caused by his comments. “On Saturday I created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members.

I cannot let my behaviour stand in the way of HQ’s or affiliates’ missions,” he continued. “They are too important to jeopardise.

In a subsequent statement, incoming CEO David Castro emphasised the diversity of those involved with CrossFit and their differing political opinions. “CrossFit is a community – one that is global, diverse, and tough,” he said.

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