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

Papa John's apologizes for

Papa John's apologizes for "divisive" comments that NFL protests hurt sales

Papa John's apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. That definitely was not our intention.

Papa John's executives said on a conference call that anthem protests have hurt their sponsorship deal with the NFL.

Papa John's added that they support the players' right to protest inequality, and that they believe there is a way to "create a new platform for change" and "honor our anthem" at the same time.

The pizza company was swiftly criticized by many for pressuring the league to suppress the player protests, which began as a way to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice in America. Open to ideas from all. Except Neo-Nazis - [middle finger emoji] those guys.

The movement was started past year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled to protest what he said was police mistreatment of blacks. The company scrambled to try to distance itself from the alt-right. Schnatter believes the anthem protests turned fans away from the game and, as a result, caused a decline in pizza sales. One user asked "what took so long for the 'clarification, '" to which Papa John's replied, "When it became obvious our position wasn't clear we made a decision to act".

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the company apologized to anyone who found the comments "divisive". But we're certainly disappointed that the National Football League and its leadership did not resolve the ongoing situation to the satisfaction of all parties long ago.

Papa John's CEO John Schnatter (middle), pictured with Archie Manning (left) and J.J. "But good or bad, leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership".

Since then, the company remained relatively quiet, saying only that they "condemn racism in all forms" and doesn't want neo-Nazis eating their pizza. "NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders". It apparently became the pizza of choice for some white supremacists who voiced their support for the pizza chain.

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