A controversial tweet by Greg Glassman, founder and CEO of CrossFit, that poked fun at the death of George Floyd has caused several high-profile sponsors, athletes, and gyms to cut ties with the fitness empire.

Floyd was a Black man who died at the hands of a White Minneapolis police officer, who has since been charged with second-degree murder. His death on May 25 inspired weeks of protests and demonstrations across the country and internationally calling for justice and protesting police brutality against Black people.

On June 6, The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation tweeted about the health issues associated with racism along with a photo that stated “Racism is a Public Health Issue.”

Glassman replied, “It’s FLOYD-19,” combining Floyd’s name with Covid-19, the scientific term for the coronavirus pandemic.

The post was met with immediate disgust from CrossFitters, sports companies, and more. Reebok, the title sponsor of the CrossFit Games, told Business Insider it would end its association with CrossFit after its contractual obligations ended this year.

“Recently, we have been in discussions regarding a new agreement, however, in light of recent events, we have made the decision to end our partnership with CrossFit HQ,” the footwear company told the website. “We will fulfill our remaining contractual obligations in 2020. We owe this to the CrossFit Games competitors, fans and the community.”

Gyms that have paid licensing fees to use the CrossFit name also said they would be cutting ties.

And several high-profile CrossFitters expressed their disgust with Glassman’s statement.

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I wanted to start by saying that I am incredibly saddened, disappointed and frustrated with the actions and words of Crossfit HQ and in particular Greg Glassman. I’m deeply apologetic from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have had to witness this ignorance and the pain it causes. A lack of acknowledgement and empathy for those who are fighting for basic human rights and equality is simply inexcusable and it’s behaviour that we cannot stand for. It has made both Shane and I incredibly ashamed to be a part of an organisation that we have dedicated so much of ourselves to. If it has us angered and disappointed like we are, we couldn’t even begin to imagine how these words and actions affect the extremely diverse global community of crossfitters and supporters who have all dedicated so much time, money and passion to the sport. But this is much bigger than the sport. For those who continue to be dismissive of inequality, you must understand that this is a truly GLOBAL issue and we NO longer can sit idle and do or say nothing. It’s on ALL of us to keep fighting the cause globally until systemic racism and the inhumane treatment of black communities around the globe no longer exists. I said earlier that this issue is much bigger than sport, yet sport and the functional fitness space has a really important part to play. Sport and fitness bring us together and unite us in such a powerful and profound way. I want my platform to drive positivity, unity and the overall message that no matter your skin colour or cultural background, we should all inspire one another 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 up those around them and gives everybody their own individual opportunity to be a champion. My future with Crossfit is unclear and depends on the direction of HQ. I will continue to stand against ignorance and stand alongside those who fight abuse, hatred and racism.

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Even Rich Froning, four-time winner of the CrossFit Games and one of the brand’s greatest ambassadors, said he cannot stand by these comments and is evaluating his next steps.

Glassman, on his personal Twitter account, originally doubled down on his remark.

Later, on CrossFit’s official Twitter, he apologized for the remark and said it was a “mistake” and was not intended to be racist.

What could this mean for the future of an organization that once found itself at the pinnacle of the fitness industry? Only time will tell.