A CrossFit guru is doing damage control after he posted a photo on Instagram showing him performing a handstand on a Holocaust memorial in Berlin.
Dave Driskill wrote alongside the photo: “Hello Berlin, Germany. 15 hour layover. Checking the sites. Drinking the beers. Eating the bratwurst.”
The image shows him on the concrete blocks at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
Commenters immediately criticized him for the stunt.
One wrote: “You don’t find this in the least bit offensive to be doing such a thing on a Holocaust memorial?”
“Mate, that is so insensitive and makes you look really dumb. I would delete this post,” said another.
Driskill claims he didn’t realize it was a Holocaust memorial and simply found it "visually stunning."
He eventually took the photo off Instagram and apologized, saying: "I feel completely terrible as I would never purposely offend or disrespect this memorial had I known.”
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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