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Crossfit competitor apologizes for doing handstand on Holocaust memorial

Crossfit competitor Dave Driskell received backlash for doing a handstand on a Holocaust memorial and posting it on Instagram. Driskell has since taken the post down and apologized.
Crossfit competitor Dave Driskell received backlash for doing a handstand on a Holocaust memorial and posting it on Instagram. Driskell has since taken the post down and apologized. Twitter

There’s a time and a place for showcasing your physical strength: in a gym, for instance, or in a physical competition.

But not on a Holocaust memorial.

Crossfit competitor Dave Driskell learned that the hard way., according to Complex.

After Driskell posted a photo of himself doing a handstand on the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany, people voiced their disapproval.

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Crossfit competitor Dave Driskell received backlash for doing a handstand on a Holocaust memorial and posting it on Instagram. Driskell has since taken the post down and apologized. Twitter screenshot

“You don’t find this the least bit offensive to be doing such a thing on a Holocaust memorial,” one commenter posted.

“That is so insensitive and makes you look really dumb,” another said.

After the negative feedback, Driskell took down the picture and posted an apology.

“I’d like to apologize for any offense the last picture I posted has caused,” Driskell wrote. “I truly did not know what the structure was.”

 

I'd like to apologize for any offense the last picture I posted has caused. I had a quick layover in Berlin today with a good friend and we walked all around the city looking at and enjoying all the beauty it has to offer. We walked near this memorial not knowing what it was at the time. People were walking on the pillars. Kids running around. People sitting on them. It was gorgeous and looked visually stunning. As with all things like this I wanted a picture next to it, as I have been doing for years. I took a handstand picture with it as the background. I truly did not know what the structure was. I feel completely terrible as I would never purposely offend or disrespect this memorial had I known. I posted the picture using the wifi from a local cafe and then went back to exploring the city. It wasn't until later tonight at the airport that I realized my error in understanding what this structure was. I've been doing handstands all over the world since I started this amazing wanderlust adventure that has inspired people all over the world. Earlier this year I flew to India to help with a charitable event which raised over $24,000.00 to help the orphans and needy in India. I love to promote fitness and inspire people to do something different than the norm: To be epic. To be fit. To help others. To chase happiness. To show love! I love all and strive to show that through my passions of travel and fitness. Again I apologize for this horrible misunderstanding and any offense this might have caused. Anyone who knows me, knows this is the complete opposite of what I would want. I respectfully ask your forgiveness Dave Driskell.

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