The Wisconsin gym apologized for offering a new workout titled “I Can’t Breathe”, some of George Floyd’s last words.
The image of a dry erase board describing the training at AnytimeFitness in Wauwatosa quickly spread to social media platforms and received sharp criticism of users’ resemblance to Floyd’s death.
The explanation of the training that lasted longer than 35 minutes included the statement “And dare not lie down”. It was not clear what it was meant to be said.
“Anxious worry that @ AnytimeFitness really found to mock the death of George Floyd is in Wauwatosa # Milwaukee that proper racism is alive” Twitter user wrote.
One user on Reddit, who thought the image first appeared, said: “Talk about tone-deaf.”
“Get rid of the person who thinks it’s smart or funny. To enlighten a man’s brutal murder. Sad sick people, ”another Reddit user wrote.
Floyd died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for about 9 minutes. In a recording of the deadly encounter, Floyd said, “I can’t breathe! I can not breathe!”
His death led to protests related to worldwide police brutality and racial injustice.
On Wednesday, the gym posted an apology and said, “This week they were very upset about the actions we did by presenting“ I can’t breathe ”training.
“Regardless of our intentions, we now know how disturbing our words, illustrations and actions are,” Posted on Facebookread on.