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Embattled CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman is resigning after he sparked outrage over his response to nationwide US protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

Embattled CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman is resigning after he sparked outrage over his response to nationwide US protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

In a statement, Mr Glassman said he decided to retire after he "created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members".

"Those who know me know that my sole issue is the chronic disease epidemic," Mr Glassman said.

"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 behaviour stand in the way of HQ's or affiliates' missions."

CrossFit has been embroiled in controversy for the past week — first because gym owners said they were dismayed by the company's failure to quickly put out a statement expressing solidarity with protesters or support for black athletes, as dozens of corporations did in the days following George Floyd's death.

Then on Saturday, Mr Glassman posted several controversial tweets referencing Mr Floyd's death and the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the tweets from CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman about George Floyd and the current Black Lives Matter protests happening around the country.

Mr Glassman that day criticised a statement from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation calling racism a public health issue by responding "Floyd-19".

In a follow-up tweet, Mr Glassman said the health research institute's coronavirus model "failed", and he criticised it for modelling a "solution to racism".

Mr Glassman's tweets pushed Reebok and other brand partners, including gyms, to distance themselves from CrossFit.

One of the tweets from CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman about George Floyd and the current Black Lives Matter protests happening around the US.

Mr Glassman apologised and walked back the tweets on Sunday, saying that he and CrossFit "will not stand for racism".

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Mr Glassman will be replaced as CEO by Dave Castro, the director of the CrossFit Games.

"I'm honoured to take on the role of CEO of CrossFit, Inc.," Mr Castro said in a statement.

"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."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/crossfit-ceo-greg-glassman-resigns-after-controversial-statements-about-george-floyd/0628283f-0395-450d-bb2d-e7f53a926c21

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