The news just keeps on coming. After Greg Glassman came under fire for Twitter posts deemed less than appropriate (to say the least), questionable emails made public, and reportedly fostering a work environment that wasn’t exactly professional, CrossFit is making yet another major change. It’s officially coming under new ownership. Dave Castro confirmed it himself on Twitter.
— Dave Castro (@thedavecastro) June 24, 2020
Castro also shared his letter to affiliate owners via his Instagram page.
Eric himself took to Twitter to confirm the news and share his feelings about the future of CrossFit.
— Eric Roza (@RozaEric) June 24, 2020
This is serious. When it was announced that Glassman was not only stepping down as CEO but retiring completely, many people saw this as a small step forward, yes… but they wanted more. They voiced that nothing would really change as long as Glassman was still the owner of CrossFit.
Even star athletes who’ve made their rounds at the CrossFit Games stepped up to say that this change wasn’t enough, including former fittest Katrin Davidsdottir.
Things got so heated that athletes started bowing out of the Games (or threatening to).
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My participation in the 2020 @crossfitgames will be contingent upon major changes being made. I LOVE competing, I LOVE training, I LOVE being able to challenge myself and become better from it. I also LOVE people. This is probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. It’s been weighing on me for days. I’ve consulted many of my closest supporters. All of that said, I’ve decided that I cannot, in good conscience, compete during this time for a company that hasn’t shown themselves to have values that I align with. I’ve been talking a lot about this movement and my strong desire to stand up and fight for equality. Right now, I’m taking action. The repercussions of this could be huge. I’ve weighed them and my belief in this is stronger than their potential outcomes.
Long-time box owners recently came together for an online discussion, where OGs like Annie Sakamoto, Chris Spealler, and Rich Froning said that new ownership was needed.
Clearly, CrossFit heard them loud and clear, and now they’re delivering.
Roza has something special to offer: the business expertise and the passion for the sport needed to truly fix things and bring this community back together under better terms.
CrossFit is a brand and a business — this, we all know. But it’s also a community. A family. A place we go to feel better about ourselves, to reach our goals. We take our children there. Our friends. Our parents. Our grandparents. CrossFit is about so much more than many of us could even put into words.
We’re hopeful for the future.
Main image: Eric Roza/Instagram