Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Papa John's apologizes for comments made about National Football League players

Papa John’s apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests Papa John’s apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests
Kenny Thornton | 15 November, 2017, 11:46

On a recent earnings call, Papa John's, one of the most familiar brands on Sunday afternoon television in the fall, pointed to the national anthem kneelers as bringing down NFL ratings, which, in turn, sacked pizza profits. "That definitely was not our intention", Papa John's wrote.

John Schnatter blasted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on November 1 in an investor conference call, blaming him for sinking pizza sales.

"We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players' movement to create a platform for change".

Like many sponsors, we are in contact with the National Football League and once the issue is resolved between the players and the owners, we are optimistic that the NFL's best years are ahead. Open to ideas from all. "Except neo-nazis - (middle finger emoji) those guys". Of the "controversy", Schnatter also said, "This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago". "The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country".

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After Schnatter's comments toward the league went viral, a white supremacist website declared Papa Johns "the official pizza of the alt-right," which the company tried to distance itself from. The controversy kicked off after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem previous year, inspiring other players to engage in similar forms of protest to recognize racial inequality and police brutality.

The protests have also drawn criticism from President Trump, who tweeted that kneeling players should be fired.

"The NFL has hurt us", Schnatter said on the call. "Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership".

Others disputed the idea that the protesting players would want to work with the company.

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