Dave Castro, the director of the CrossFit Games, has taken over from former CEO Greg Glassman, the founder of the company who resigned on Wednesday amid widespread criticism.
Glassman drew heavy fire over the weekend for tweeting “FLOYD-19” in response to an Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation post that declared racism a public health emergency.
He added a second tweet, then apologised via CrossFit’s official Twitter account, but it did little to quell the exodus of affiliates, sponsors and athletes, stating they would not be associated with CrossFit until there was a change in leadership.
“Our community is hurt, though,” wrote Castro in an Instagram post that ran alongside Glassman’s resignation letter. “Our shared bond brings together millions of people with differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences. Friction is inevitable.”
“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,” Castro added.
In his statement, Glassman did not directly address his tweets in stepping down. “I cannot let my behaviour stand in the way of HQ’s or affiliates’ mission. They are too important to jeopardise,” he said.