Nicole Carroll, Julie Foucher and Matt Chan have all resigned from their positions within CrossFit HQ.
Their decision comes after a highly disrespectful email sent to a nine-year affiliate owner became public and an insensitive tweet mocking the murder of George Floyd and the current coronavirus pandemic.
Nicole Carroll was the Director of Training at CrossFit and had worked for the brand for over 16 years. According to the Morning Chalk Up, she resigned via email late Sunday night.
“Unfortunately, a line has been drawn to where each of us will be held accountable for words that do not represent who we have been. Our loyalties will come into conflict with our values; individually and as a community,” Carroll wrote on her email.
“We will be subjected to defend ourselves against all matter of attacks. The pain and lived reality of the black community has been mocked, and the sincere hurt, confusion, anxiety and hopelessness that I know many of you feel over current events has been disregarded.”
She continues to say CrossFit employees have been left to decide between their livelihood and aligning with something they do not believe in, at a time of great economic and social instability.
“In my greatest of conscience I can not stand with that,” Carroll continues before announcing her resignation as Director of Training from CrossFit Inc.
JULIE FOUCHER AND MATT CHAN RESIGN
Former athletes, CrossFit Games podium finishers and CrossFit Seminar Staff members Matt Chan and Julie Foucher took to social media to announce their resignations.
“I cannot continue to work for an organisation that is run by someone who is so disrespectful to his affiliates, his community, and the world,” she wrote in a post addressed to Greg Glassman. “My moral compass will not allow me to stay silent or defend this type of behavior, which is what I’d be expected to do if I were still working for the company.”
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It’s been a very long weekend, to say the least. In between packing up to move out of our house and also trying to attend a virtual medical conference, I learned about the recent statements made by CrossFit’s founder and CEO. – Greg Glassman’s behavior is inexcusable. His comments represent nothing that I personally, or anyone who I have ever worked with or met in the CrossFit community, represents. – I’ve been feeling the full range of emotions – angry, sad, betrayed, heartbroken, enraged, ashamed, hurt, and disappointed. I’ve cried my eyes out. I’ve spent time today talking to other athletes, affiliate owners, and friends who have also dedicated so much of themselves to CrossFit and who are hurting now, too. – One thing I know is that this community has always been inclusive and stood up for what is right, and I am proud of the collective voice we are expressing to condemn Greg’s behavior. – I am still trying to process all of this and will continue to share my reflections in the coming days and weeks.
Matt Chan also publicly announced his resignation through an Instagram post.
“Insensitivity is a part of racism that has been brushed under the rug by many ‘non-racists’. By unconsciously minimizing insensitive statements, we perpetuate the problem leading to systemic acceptance,” he wrote.
“Greg Glassman’s insensitive statement on twitter comes at a time when the CrossFit community needs support NOT a leader who undermines their hard work during such uncertain times,” he concluded.
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Insensitivity is a part of racism that has been brushed under the rug by many “non-racists”. By unconsciously minimizing insensitive statements, we perpetuate the problem leading to systemic acceptance. • It’s this insensitivity that has led me to resign from CrossFit Seminar Staff today as part of my own personal commitment to being an anti-racist. • George Floyd was a MAN, murdered in broad daylight by police as they drove their body weight into his handcuffed body. COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus and has infected 6.8M and killed 397K PEOPLE. Inferring current civil-rights protests are somehow the next pandemic is not acceptable. • Greg Glassman’s insensitive statement on twitter comes at a time when the CrossFit community needs support NOT a leader who undermines their hard work during such uncertain times. • Stand up for what’s right in your heart and soul. It won’t always be easy (financially, emotionally, on relationships), but you can live with a clear conscious. • #antiracism #antiracist #blacklivesmatter
The resignations come as hundreds of Boxes around the world have decided to disaffiliate from CrossFit unless changes to the management of CrossFit are made.
Many brands who have supported CrossFit in the past have also cut ties with the company.
Greg Glassman apologised for his remarks on Monday. You can read his full apology below: