INDIANAPOLIS — A gym in Indianapolis is cutting ties with the CrossFit brand after what they are calling insensitive tweets from the company’s founder.
On Saturday, Health Metrics and Evaluation sent out a tweet that read “racism is a public health issue.” CrossFit founder George Glassman replied to that tweet on his personal account saying “It’s FLOYD-19” in reference to the recent turmoil felt throughout the country from the death of George Floyd and the coronavirus pandemic.
The tweet outraged many people on social media. One of those upset over the tweet was Anna Rode, a coach and business partner at what is now Naptown Fitness in Indianapolis. The gym used to be called “CrossFit Naptown”, but with the gym cutting ties with CrossFit, they’ve rebranded themselves.
“We wanted to give HQ the opportunity to make amends,” Rode told WISH-TV. “To have a strong stance against what the founder said and make a change in leadership and that didn’t happen and that made the decision easy.”
Glassman used the official CrossFit social media platforms to apologize for the tweet.
“I, CrossFit HQ, and the CrossFit community will not stand for racism,” Glassman said. “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.”
“We are not going to associate ourselves with people who have beliefs that are no okay,” Rode said.
Rode added that so far there has been no backlash from gym members over the name change and that most have told her they support the decision.