This Atlanta gym owner is an anti-cop dumbbell.
Jim Chambers, owner of the EAV Barbell Club, has come under fire for posting a sign barring cops from his gym, according to a report.
The offending sign spelled out the two rules at the club: “Do whatever the hell you want, correctly, except CrossFit cultism” and “No f– cops.”
The lifelong political activist said the people who work out at his gym are mostly minorities who are uncomfortable with uniformed personnel in their midst.
A military veteran was shocked to see the sign outside the East Atlanta Village gym and alerted the news station.
Amid a backlash, the clean-and-jerk took down the sign, 11Alive News reported.
“I didn’t want the other folks there to take the heat that I’m willing to take,” said Chambers, adding that he still stands by his anti-cop message.
“We’ve had an explicitly stated ‘No Cop’ policy since we opened, and we also don’t open membership to active members of the military,” he added.
Atlanta police did not comment on the gym’s policy, but said the sign “would not stop us from lawfully doing our job.”
Chambers said: “If they have a warrant, they can go anywhere they want, but we’re not breaking the law.”
He added that he plans to put up a more family-friendly version of a “No Cop” sign.
“It was really just that the vulgarity in that sign,” he said, “and that seems to bring it out for people.”
The gym’s stance echoes that of a Dunkin’ Donuts worker in Brooklyn who sparked a boycott by New York’s Finest for refusing to serve two detectives.
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