Papa John’s sorry for attack on NFL protests that attracted white supremacist praise

Papa Johns has apologized for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the anthem

Papa Johns has apologized for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

The company is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, and Schnatter said on an earnings this month that NFL leadership has hurt Papa Johns shareholders and that the protests should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.

But on Tuesday night, the company tweeted a statement on offering to work with the players and league to find a positive way forward.

The statements made on our earnings call were describing the factors that impact our business and we sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive, it said. That definitely was not our intention.

We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe, as Americans, we should honor our anthem. There is a way to do both.

Papa John’s Pizza (@PapaJohns)

We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all. Except neo-nazis

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