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CrossFit founder steps down as CEO after facing criticism over George Floyd tweet

Key Points
  • CrossFit founder Greg Glassman stepped down as chief executive on Tuesday.
  • His resignation comes days after he apologized for his tweet on the killing of an unarmed black man as it drew criticism and led to footwear brand Reebok ending its tie-up with the fitness regimen.
Crossfit Inc. founder and CEO Greg Glassman
Source: CrossFit, Inc

CrossFit founder Greg Glassman stepped down as chief executive on Tuesday, days after he apologized for his tweet on the killing of an unarmed black man as it drew criticism and led to footwear brand Reebok ending its tie-up with the fitness regimen.

His resignation comes at a time when sensitivity to issues facing people of color has taken center stage in the United States, with protests across the country after the killing of George Floyd on May 25.

"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," he said in a company statement that named Dave Castro as the new CEO.

In response to a tweet by research firm Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation that classified racism and discrimination as public health issue, Glassman had posted on Saturday, "It's FLOYD-19."

The tweet, which equated the police killing of Floyd to the Covid-19 pandemic, drew flak and led to an apology from Glassman after Adidas-owned Reebok ended its 10-year-old partnership with his company.