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CrossFit's Greg Glassman Steps Down as CEO Amid Controversy

Greg Glassman is stepping down amid controversy.

The CEO of CrossFit will be stepping down, with Dave Castro set to replace him as CEO, Dave confirmed in a call with staff on Tuesday (June 9) that was leaked by Reddit and confirmed by multiple participants on the call.

The news was later confirmed in a statement by Greg: “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,” he said.

“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.”

The move comes after Greg was met with backlash on social media, including stars like SZA, for an insensitive tweet regarding both the pandemic and George Floyd protests, followed by leaked audio from a Zoom call in which he claimed that the company “is not mourning George Floyd.”

The extent to which he will no longer be involved in the company remains unclear.

“One big thing: The details are unclear about the full scope of what Glassman’s involvement with regards to ownership and influence within the company is going forward. If the extent of the change is simply Glassman stepping aside while still maintaining sole ownership of the company, then as the sole owner or even majority owner if he gave up some stake, he would still stand to profit considerably from the company’s future development and legally retain full control of the company at his discretion. It’s unlikely that the move would equate to real change in the eyes of the community, and multiple sources have confirmed as much,” Morning Chalk Up reports.

Find out what he reportedly said during the company Zoom call…

CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman Told Company 'We're Not Mourning George Floyd' on a Zoom Call (Report)

CrossFit’s CEO Greg Glassman is under fire again.

After posting a controversial tweet mocking both the pandemic and George Floyd protests, which prompted stars like SZA to call him out, a new report from Buzzfeed News on Tuesday (June 9) alleges that the 63-year-old CEO told his company that “we’re not mourning for George Floyd” on a private Zoom call wth gym owners.

“I don’t think me or any of my staff are,” he said, according to a full recording of the meeting obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“Can you tell me why I should mourn for him? Other than that it’s the white thing to do — other than that, give me another reason,” he said in response to being asked by a Minneapolis gym owner why the brand hadn’t posted a statement about the protests across the country.

“I doubt very much that they’re mourning for Floyd,” he went on to say of protestors.

“I don’t think that there’s a general mourning for Floyd in any community.”

He also reportedly discussed unfounded conspiracy theories, including speculation that he was murdered to “silence him” due to a “baseless role in a criminal conspiracy involving counterfeit money.”

“It’s very interesting that George gets popped with counterfeits and who comes but the head of security from the dance club? Watch: this thing’s going to turn into first-degree murder…that’s what it’s going to turn into. And it’s going to be because I’m predicting this — we have friends in the FBI in your neighborhood and they’re of the view that this was first-degree murder and it was to silence him over the counterfeit money. That’s the belief. That’s what the cops think,” he said during the call, according to the report.

After receiving backlash for his tweet, he issued this apology: “I, CrossFit HQ, and the CrossFit community will not stand for racism. I made a mistake by the words I chose yesterday. My heart is deeply saddened by the pain it has caused. It was a mistake, not racist but a mistake. Floyd is a hero in the black community and not just a victim. I should have been sensitive to that and wasn’t. I apologize for that. I was trying to stick it to the @IHME_UWfor their invalidated models resulting in needless, economy-wrecking, life-wrecking lockdown and when I saw they were announcing modeling a solution to our racial crisis, I was incredulous, angry, and overly emotional. Involving George Floyd’s name in that effort was wrong. It’s our hope that his murder catalyzes real change resulting in a level playing field for our black brothers and sisters.Please hear me when I say, we stand by our community to fight for justice. I care about you, our community, and I am here for you.”

For the full report on the Zoom call, head to Buzzfeed News.

SZA Calls Out CrossFit CEO for Mocking Pandemic & George Floyd Protests

SZA is calling out CrossFit CEO, Greg Glassman.

The 29-year-old “Love Galore” singer posted a message on Sunday (June 7) denouncing the fitness company founder on Twitter.

“THIS IS THE CEO OF CROSSFIT .. a man dedicated to making ppl healthy . Ban this bastard and tag ur fave black fit inspo !!!” she wrote, quote-tweeting a post of his on Saturday (June 6).

The post was in response to a message by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, reading “Racism and discrimination are critical public health issues that demand an urgent response.”

Greg replied to that message with “It’s FLOYD-19,” seemingly mocking both the global protests in the wake of George Floyd‘s murder and COVID-19 pandemic as a combined term.

A few days before, Alyssa Royse of Rocket Crossfit called out Greg in an unrelated post about their handling of current issues.

“CrossFit has stayed silent for too long as our country is at a time of reckoning for centuries of systemic racism. They have been called out by countless gyms and athletes and brands alike for their silence,” she wrote.

“I’m using Greg Glassman‘s response as the header image for this blog post because I think it really says all that needs to be said about their response when called out. The gaslighting, the belittling…we’ll soon be relaunching as Rocket Community Fitness. Because cannot stand on the wrong side of history, even if we lose friends because of it. BLACK LIVES F–KING MATTER.”

She also called out various posts from the brand’s Instagram about the pandemic, which have received backlash for being insensitive.

See her full post.