Late this afternoon, CrossFit 307 Owner Jeremy Davis took a first step in mending the division between his gym and former employee and training partner, Wyoming Open champion Malachi Bennett. Davis told us in an email that Bennett would be allowed to compete as part of the wild/STRONG team at this year’s 307 Throwdown. Teammate Westy Guill of Your Box CrossFit in Casper, remains barred from the CrossFit 307 premises for life.
The reasons for the initial ban for Bennett remain unclear – with Davis actually telling us Bennett was never banned in the first place.
307 Throwdown organizer and coach at CrossFit 307 Jedekiah May told us in a Facebook message that Bennett, who was allowed to compete at last year’s Throwdown, was banned for events that transpired AFTER the competition in 2015
This statement doesn’t mesh with owner Jeremy Davis’ version of events. In an email to us today, Davis says Bennett was never banned from competing at the Throwdown. He told us he regretted that Malachi was simply lumped in with Westy Guill when discussing competing at the Throwdown.
“The problem lies in a miscommunication between us and our coaches. Jed was under the impression that Westy and Mal were lumped together in the ban.”
Davis texted Westy Guill earlier this week, saying, “to be clear, you and Mal cannot compete, anyone else (from Your Box) is welcome.”
Davis says his text was intended to inform Guill that a team made up of Guill and Bennett would not be allowed, because Guill was banned, not Bennett.
There is however, zero miscommunication when it comes to Westy Guill’s ban from CrossFit 307. While Bennett will have the opportunity to compete, if he wants, at the Throwdown this year – the chances you will see Guill anywhere near the gym, appear slim.
“Westy’s violent conduct at the 307 and behavior towards some of our female coaches, staff and members has earned him a lifetime ban from our facility and events,” said Davis in an email this afternoon.
Guill was shocked by Davis’ use of the word violent.
“I never had a violent incident at 307. I had one incident where I argued with a female coach about where I could work out. I reported that incident to Jeremy and he told me it was not the first complaint about that coach and that he would take care of it. As far as his other allegations – I had relationships with two female members during my time at 307 – violence was not a part of either,” said Guill.
“They are just singing a new story because so many people know Mal and know he is a good guy. Nobody really comes to my defense because I’m not from around here,” said Guill, who moved to Casper from Fresno, California. “Don’t get me wrong, I am glad this made them change their mind on Mal, it’s just funny how it’s just him.”
Malachi Bennett had no comment on today's news. It remains to be seen if he will be added to the wild/STRONG team roster for the event.
The 307 Throwdown takes place in Casper, Wyoming on October 8-9.