CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman apologises for George Floyd tweet saying it was a mistake, but ‘not racist’

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Hours after the controversial ‘Floyd-19’ tweet, Greg Glassman U-turns and says he “should have been sensitive to that and wasn’t” .Source: https://www.scmp.com/

Greg Glassman, CEO of CrossFit, quickly turned a controversial tweet upside down, which cost the sport its main sponsors. Just hours after tweeting “Floyd-19” in response to a contribution from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation on racism and discrimination as a public health crisis, Glassman tweeted again: “I made a mistake with the words I chose yesterday.

The first tweet asked the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: “Your failed model has quarantined us, and now you are going to model a solution to racism? The brutal murder of George Floyd sparked nationwide riots. Quarantine alone is “accompanied by an undercurrent of suspicion, distrust and unrest at all ages and under all political regimes. Thank you very much.”
The death of George Floyd by a white policeman has led to protests in the USA despite the rules for the closure of Covid-19 and social distancing.

In the posts, Rogue has withdrawn the CrossFit logo from the Rogue Invitationals and Reebok has completely separated from CrossFit. Some of the top athletes condemned CrossFit and Rich Froning said he could no longer be part of an organization led by Greg Glassman.

On Sunday night in the US, Glassman apologized, this time through the official CrossFit account and not his own.

“I, CrossFit headquarters and the CrossFit community will not stand for racism. I made a mistake with the words I chose yesterday. My heart is deeply saddened by the pain it 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 I wasn’t. I apologize for that. I tried to take it to the [Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation] for their invalidated models, which resulted in unnecessary, economically damaging and life-destroying suspensions,” the thread continued.

“And when I saw that they were announcing a solution to our racial crisis, I was incredulous, angry and overly emotional. It was wrong to include George Floyd’s name in this effort.

“It’s our hope that his murder catalyses 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.

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