CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman announced Tuesday that he will resign from his outrage over the reports of George Floyd’s death.
Glassman’s statement that he wanted to retire soon came BuzzFeed News published an article Glossman describes Zim’s call to Jim’s owners and staff as “we are not mourning” for Floyd’s death.
On Saturday, just hours before Glassman deleted an insensitive tweet about Floyd, prompting a quick backlash, critics accuse Glassman of being racist and saying he was light on Floyd’s police-involved death.
“On Saturday I created a crack in the CrossFit community and accidentally hurt many of its members,” Glassman said in a statement announcing his retirement.
“I cannot allow my conduct to stand in the way of headquarters or affiliates. They are very important to risk. “
In a 75-minute call received by CrossFit co-owner, BuzzFeed News in Minneapolis, he asked Glassman why the brand did not make a statement about the anti-police brutality protests triggered by Floyd’s death.
“Can you tell me why I grieve for him? Besides that, it’s white to do – besides, give me another reason, ”Glasman replied.
“We don’t mourn George Floyd – I don’t think either myself or any of my employees,” he said.
During the call, with 16 co-workers and staff, Glassman questioned whether there was legitimate racism and questioned the motives of protesters across the country, according to the outlet.
“I highly doubt they are grieving over Floyd,” Glassman said.
He floated unfounded conspiracy theories about the death of Floyd, and about the coronavirus, and the trash that epidemiology is “a social science.”
Although US intelligence officials said they did not decide the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, “the Chinese allowed the virus to come out of the laboratory. It really happened.”
Glassman also said Upstate New Yorkers would have to break away from the rest of the state because of the Big Lock’s stringent lockdown measures – and asked gym owners to pretend to comply with healthcare orders when reopening.
Just hours after the call, Glassman responded to a tweet from the University of Washington’s Health Measurements and Assessment calling racism and discrimination “critical public health issues.”
The tweet caused a stir, including Reebok’s announcement that it was ending its partnership with CrossFit headquarters, and some of the company’s 15,000 affiliates said they were cutting ties.
CrossFit apologized Sunday, calling Glassman’s words “not racist, wrong.”
“Floyd is a hero in the black community, not just the victim,” Glassman said in a statement. “I should have felt it. No, I apologize for that.”
Glassman and CrossFit representatives did not respond to Buzzfeed’s requests for comment on the call.