On Tuesday evening, around the time reports were confirming that Dave Castro would replace Greg Glassman as CrossFit’s CEO, four-time defending CrossFit Games Champion Mat Fraser took to Instagram to share his expanded thoughts on the Twitter controversy rocking much of the fitness community.
“I felt like it went without saying but I want it to be clear, I do not support Greg Glassman and I’m frustrated he’s at the helm of CrossFit. My intention with my previous post was to highlight the leaders in our community that are taking action, not to avoid addressing my disappointment. I’ve dedicated my life to this sport. I’ve become the person I am today through the lessons I’ve learned in training and competition. I do not attribute my successes (or failures) to the organization. –
I‘m grateful for those who have opened their gym doors to me over the years and supported me throughout my career. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world through this sport and appreciate the warm welcome from every gym, and their members. The community we have will survive this and it is not defined by one man’s opinion. I’m looking for change and my support will be given to those leading the way. #HWPO”
Two days before, Fraser had reposted images from 2008 CrossFit Games Champion Jason Khalipa, as well as equipment brand Rogue Fitness (which sponsors Fraser). In his post, Khalipa stated that his network of NCFIT gyms would be dropping their CrossFit affiliation.
Rogue Fitness called Glassman’s comments “unacceptable under all conditions” and said “The future is dependent on the direction and leadership within CrossFit HQ.”
Rich Froning — the only other four-time Individual Champion in CrossFit Games history — has also released a statement condemning Glassman’s Twitter comments.
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