Upon the call, the gym owner from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Floyd was killed and protests began over his death, explained that her community and gym members were mourning the death of Floyd. She asked why the company had not made any statement about Floyd’s death, according to the call record obtained by CNN Business. There were about 10 CrossFit owners and several company executives during the call, which lasted about two hours.
“We are not mourning George W. Floyd,” Glassman said. “I don’t think we or any of my employees.” “Can you tell me why I should be sad for him?”
Glassman said he believed Floyd’s death “had nothing to do with race,” and that he believed Floyd’s death was part of a conspiracy to cover up money laundering. No evidence of such a conspiracy has been reported.
When asked about the call about CrossFit’s response to the protests, Glassman said: “I love to rebuild, I like to help. I would like to make an anonymous donation to rebuild. But I don’t want any of them to go or support anything that looks pro-riot.”
Gym owners told CNN they had been pressing CrossFit for several days to issue a statement expressing support for protesters or the Black Lives Matter movement, as many other companies had done after Floyd’s death.
Although no one in the call described him as racist, Glassman questioned the fact that he was described as such in a separate conversation.
“I was called yesterday racist for the first time in my life,” Glassman said in the call. “The first time anyone hinted at it. It didn’t hurt, it bothered me. I had the same reaction that I would have done if someone had drawn” child sexual harassment “at my door.”
He also said he believed CrossFit, as a fitness tool, helps all kinds of people.
“I want to build free Crossover gyms in the affected neighborhoods. We’ve been playing with that for a long time,” said Glassman. “Now I even hate to talk about it, and before that, it was all I talked about … but now I have to say something special or I [expletive] Racist. Now this gym will look like you were [expletive] Compensation or something. “
Last week, gyms began to give up their affiliation in Crossfit about what some gym owners saw as a failure by the company to speak enough to support the black community.
Then Saturday evening, after the call, Glassman published several tweets criticizing the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation statement that racism is a public health issue. “Floyd-19,” Glassman tweeted in reply to the institute’s tweet. In a follow-up tweet, Glassman said the coronavirus model for the Health Research Institute “failed” and criticized him for formulating a “solution to racism”.
CrossFit and Glassman did not respond to requests for comment on this story.
“The first will be the Chinese will allow this virus out of the laboratory,” Glassman said during the call. “It has already happened.”