A famous CrossFit competitor and coach issued an apology Monday after posting a photograph showing him perform a handstand at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.
The memorial, which serves as a memorial to the six million Jewish Holocaust victims, features some 2,700 concrete slabs in a grid structure.
After Dave Driskell posted a photograph on Instagram showing him post atop one of the slabs, it was quickly condemned.
"You know that this is a Holocaust memorial? #inappropriate," one individual commented.
"Mate, that is so insensitive and makes you look really dumb. I would delete this post," another echoed.
Driskell ultimately did delete the photo. In a follow-up post, he issued an apology:
Id 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, know this is the complete opposite of what I would want.
I respectfully ask your forgiveness
Driskell is a Crossfit level one trainer, according to Adventurefit Travel where he coaches at. On Instagram, he describes himself as an "Inspirer/CrossFit Coach."
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