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12 Jun 2020

Author:
Katherine Rosman, The New York Times

CrossFit gym CEO resigns after making light of the killing of George Floyd & refusing to make a statement against racism

"CrossFit gym CEO Greg Glassman steps down in chaos," 9 June 2020

Greg Glassman, the founder and chief executive of CrossFit, announced... he would step down from his role... Mr. Glassman posted a tweet that made light of both the coronavirus pandemic and the killing of George Floyd in police custody, and last weekend spoke belligerently to CrossFit gym owners about race and racism in a remarkable Zoom call that was leaked to reporters... “We’re not mourning for George Floyd, I don’t think me or any of my staff are,” said Mr. Glassman on the Zoom call... “Can you tell me why I should mourn for him?” he said. “Other than it’s the ‘white’ thing to do. I get that pressure but give me another reason.”... “I created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members,” Mr. Glassman said in a statement... “I made a mistake by the words I chose yesterday,” the statement said. “My heart is deeply saddened by the pain it has caused. It was a mistake, not racist but a mistake.”... He maintains his ownership stake.

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