A police officer has challenged an Atlanta gym owner who banned cops from his facility to a boxing match.
Jim Chambers put up a sign on the door of EAV Barbell Club to announce that police weren’t welcomed there and neither were active members of the military.
The vulgar sign on the door of the gym read, “RULES: Do whatever the xxxx you want, correctly, except crossfit cultism. No xxxxxx cops.”
The owner of the EAV Barbell Club, Jim Chambers, is not backing down from his ‘no cop” rule. In an interview with 11Alive News, he said, “We wanted one space that’s just a little different. It’s not an aggressive, hetero jock space that’s dominated by cops and soldiers – it’s a place where you’re safe from that. We don’t want to make police stronger so they can hurt people more efficiently. It’s not a personal thing – if you put a uniform on, quite honestly. I view that as an occupying enemy army when you put that uniform on,” he said.
Many of the gym’s patrons are minorities who don’t want to be around cops and military members, Chambers said.
Officer Tommy Lefever took down the sign due to its vulgarity. Lefever would not identify the local police department which employs him but said his idea of getting in the ring is more about “gaining mutual respect for one another” than some kind of grudge fight.
“[I’ve] found, you sweat, you bleed with somebody, you exchange punches with somebody in a sport like boxing, it’s hard not to respect the guy for getting in there with you afterward,” Lefever told 11 Alive News.
Chambers is unsure about a boxing match but said he is open to talking with the officer.
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