CrossFit Games gets flak for giving away Glock prizes

 

“The top male athlete, the Top female athlete, and every member of the winning team will receive a @GlockInc pistol,” posted CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro this week to Instagram. Then came the hurt feelings.

Castro, a former Navy Seal, has been behind the grueling CrossFit Games, described as the “world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth” since 2007.

The social media post was bombarded with negative comments such as,” Disappointed to see this. I’m good with our 2nd Amendment Rights but disappointed that Crossfit’s great message of health and wellness has now been drowned out by promoting guns at a time when our country is reeling from so much gun violence. Seems like a totally off message partnership that harms the brand.”

Then came a Change.org petition calling for CrossFit to distance themselves from the event “as this is just not appropriate for the global community that call themselves Crossfitters.” So far, the petition has about 17,000 signers.

Castro for his part defended the action, telling Vice’s Broadly:

Since I am an avid shooter, I have friends at some of the major shooting companies. One of them said Glock would be interested in giving guns to the winners of the Games. I said absolutely. We have gifted guns at the Games before, this is not a first.

They are not a sponsor, they are not a partner, they are simply providing some legal pistols to the winning athletes.

One of the Game’s largest sponsors, Reebok, however, said “we do not agree with this decision, particularly in light of current events in the United States.”

Read More On:

Latest Reviews

  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More
  • First Look: Hornady 6mm ARC

    Hornady brought another impressive project to the shooting public in 2020 with the introduction of the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

    Read More

Loading