CrossFit Announces Games Winners Will Receive Glock Pistol, Controversy Ensues

Yesterday via the CrossFit Games Instagram account, it was announced that the individual and team winners will receive a Glock pistol. Very quickly comments began rolling in on both the CrossFit Games post and Dave Castro’s repost. The most vocal comments appeared to be against the prize while many did support the announcement.

After almost 24 hours since the original post, the CrossFit Games post has received almost 75,000 views and over 2,100 comments. Dave Castro’s post received another 50,000 views and over 1,200 comments.

With all of the controversy, it appears that it has been confined on the CrossFit Games social media and has yet to spill over to Glock, Inc.’s Instagram page.

Here is a sample ofΒ the most recent comments.

  • lee.a.porter@mrluis99 Froning and Fraser don’t have a problem with thousands of young boys having an interest in guns. They grew up around guns themselves. Clearly that caused them to grow into terrible people 😏
  • asanobregaFirst time not relating myself with a action promoted by @crossfit@crossfitgames πŸ˜•
  • mikedemilioReally sorry to see this. Doesn’t fit the CF trip, IMO
  • 19tobi89Crossfit and guns not belong together!!! Safe your Kids!!!!
  • martheaarhus@johanneskorneliussenDERFOR mener mange at crossfit er en eneste stor jokeπŸ™„ Pistoler som premie i cf games #onlyinamerica
  • jarhadWow!!! I never thought I would see the NRA make its way into the crossfit games. What’s next, 20 min AMRAP of target shooting. πŸ™„πŸ”«
  • ritverket#MasculinitySoFragile
  • tconkelClearly unacceptable. Not a very well thought “award”.
  • ciccimoBad bad badπŸ˜‘πŸ‘ŽπŸΌπŸ˜‘πŸ‘ŽπŸΌπŸ˜‘
  • flag_archiveYou have GOT to be kidding me? WTF were you thinking signing a deal with Glock for an event like CrossFit Games? Especially in a time like this, with mass shootings constantly on the news? Unacceptable.
  • erinerinerinAbsolutely terrible.
  • johanneskorneliussenπŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  • samsonlebonWTF!!! Must be a terrible joke, right (please be) 😠
  • itsalbamenaEstoy flipando ahora xd no sera verdad esto no? Xd @xjosux
  • eraldaIdiots!! πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  • paleo_shanzBad ass!!!! HOOYAH Navy!!!!
  • jolandah77πŸ˜±πŸ˜‘πŸ‘ŽπŸΌπŸ˜  do not understand this. Really shocked.
  • hannahgoodwinner@haleymillertime
  • jennarousssI hope you lose a lot of money because of this @crossfitgames ! Horrible, sad & terribly inappropriate!!! You’ve officially lost my support.
  • rachel.degeorgeAre you serious??? I guess I’m not surprised with the way they tried to kill the athletes last year. This is disgusting. No one cares about your right to own guns but to shove them down the athletes throat as a prize is appalling!! Do you not have any sense for where our country is right now?? This is one royal fuck up

Following the backlash, Dave Castro posted a hint at Team Event 5 on Instagram. The photo featured a Glock pistol on top of hundred of bullets next to a notepad with a handwritten workout.

CrossFit Games Team Event 5 @crossfitgames #CrossFitGames

A photo posted by @thedavecastro on