I’m going to say something that’s either totally popular right now or totally unpopular. People are going to say, “I can’t believe you said that.” Within the CrossFit community, what are we going to do? Are we going to take Dave in as the CEO and let him run things? Do we feel as though he’s the guy for us to take us into the future? How do we actually feel about that?
Is it something that we have to take the entire board out, entire HQ, just burn the whole thing down and then revamp the entire thing? Is it salvageable? The issue that people don’t seem to understand is that I’m part of that conversation no matter what happens. I am totally putting my reputation on the line because I have made mistakes.
I saw something and what I was able to do in this community, that for this brief moment in time, is worth fighting for. If this guy goes on Twitter tonight and says some other news, I’m totally done. You’ll never hear me or drop CrossFit ever again in my life. I’ll tell him it was a total mistake. I’m willing to say, “I know this guy. He got out of contact.”
Especially when I started getting the emails from those conversations within HQ about 2009. They were like, “Man, this guy. He just tried to play the race card on us, man. This guy, he’s just trying to use us.” I was like, “Yeah, I’m trying to use you for something good.” They just didn’t understand what I was doing. This is my time.
I’ll tell you this. Those guys I mentioned, Robb Wolf, they had their own certification. Melissa Urban, she’s got a seminar that I used to go to in CrossFit gyms. This is something that, you’re damn, you’re looking at me becoming a SME on this. I’ve been talking about this from day one. Something beautiful can come out of this.
That’s what Greg said when we first talked about this on Tuesday. He’s like, “Listen man, let’s make this tragedy into a triumph.” How could I not fight for that? My point is, to the CrossFitters I know, “Do you want Dave? Do you feel comfortable with that? Should we take a poll of that? Should we vote for that? Are we going to say, “This guy made a mistake.”?
Maybe we put some things in place that he can’t do. We take his control out of his hands of certain things that he can’t do. Then we just move forward. I think it’s worth trying to say, “Hey, listen, this guy made a mistake. He got off track. We all do to a certain extent.”
If you’ve been honest with yourself, we’re not 100 percent all the time. We do some dumb things. Can we forgive this guy? Can we fix this? A lot of people that I’m seeing are like, “You got to see what this guy is going to say, man.” I asked about Rich. Rich pretty much said, “Let’s see if they do the right thing, man.” That’s why I’m out with it.
Let’s see if the guy does the right thing. To make that happen, he’s got to show up with the money. You got to show us the money. I don’t mean to get Jerry Maguire on it, but you got to show us the money or we got to deal with this now.