- Toomey, who is from Australia and is the three-time women’s defending champion, says her future with CrossFit is unclear
- The 26-year-old joins a number of sports stars, including Canadian Patrick Vellner, who has spoken out since Glassman’s tweets
Three-time women’s CrossFit champion Tia-Clair Toomey joins the growing chorus of athletes speaking out against CrossFit CEO and founder Greg Glassman̵
On Saturday, Glassman tweeted “Floyd-19” in response to a post from the Institution for Health Metrics and Evaluation about the link between racism and public health, adding he later added another comment: “Your failed model is being quarantined and now you need to model a solution to racism? George Floyd’s brutal murder sparked riots nationally. Quarantine alone is accompanied at all ages and under all political regimes by a deficit of suspicion, mistrust and riots. “Thanks!”
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Toomey, who hails from Australia, posted a video to his Instagram channel.
“I wanted to start by saying that I am incredibly sad, disappointed and frustrated by the actions and words of CrossFit HQ and especially Greg Glassman,” she said.
“I am deeply apologetic from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have had to witness this ignorance and the pain it causes. The lack of recognition and empathy for those who fight for basic human rights and equality is simply unforgivable and it is behavior that we cannot stand. “
Toomey went on to say, “My future with CrossFit is unclear and depends on the direction of HQ.”
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I would start by saying that I am incredibly sad, disappointed and frustrated by the actions and words of Crossfit HQ and especially Greg Glassman. I am deeply apologetic from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have had to witness this ignorance and the pain it causes. The lack of recognition and empathy for those who fight for basic human rights and equality is simply unforgivable and it is behavior that we cannot stand. It has made both Shane and I incredibly ashamed to be part of an organization to which we have dedicated so much of ourselves. If it has angered and disappointed us as we are, we could not even begin to imagine how these words and actions affect the extremely diverse global community of crossfitters and supporters, all of whom have dedicated so much time, money and passion to the sport. But this is much bigger than the sport. For those who continue to reject inequality, you must understand that this is a truly GLOBAL issue and we can no longer sit idle and say or say nothing. It is up to all of us to continue to fight the issue globally until systemic racism and the inhumane treatment of black communities around the world no longer exist. I said in the past that this issue is much bigger than sports, yet sports and the functional fitness room have a really important role to play. Sport and fitness bring us together and unite in such a powerful and profound way. I want my platform to create positivity, unity, and the overall message that no matter your skin color or cultural background, we should all inspire each other to be the best versions of themselves. I want my platform to reflect the values and beliefs of the community I feel most comfortable in, a community that raises the ones around them and allows everyone their own individual opportunity to become a champion. My future with Crossfit is unclear and depends on the direction of HQ. I will continue to stand against ignorance and stand with those who combat abuse, hatred and racism.
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Canadian Patrick Vellner, who won this year’s CrossFit Open in 2020, also commented on the situation via his Instagram page. Vellner joined Canadian CrossFitter Brent Fikowski in the position.
“Things have been going fast lately, and it’s hard to keep up, but we feel something needs to be said after the release of Greg Glassman’s words.”
Vellner continued: “Greg’s comments were unequivocally wrong and insensitive to a hurting population. CrossFit is bigger than a single man’s Twitter, as anyone who has entered their joint gym can testify to.
“Brent and I will continue to work on ourselves and those we have been fortunate to touch through our sports careers. I really hope Greg can step up and do the same. “
Many other sports stars, including Rich Froning, Mat Fraser, Noah Ohlsen, Katrin Davidsdottir and Chandler Smith have spoken out against Glassman’s comments and called for change within CrossFit’s management structure. Reebok and Rogue, CrossFit’s two biggest sponsors, have also announced that they will no longer partner with the company.