Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Papa John's Apologizes for 'Divisive' Comments

Papa John's Apologizes for 'Divisive' Comments

CEO John Schnatter complained about NFL players' national-anthem demonstrations when, during an earnings call earlier this month, he seemed to blame a decline in Papa John's sales on the fallout from those protests.

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

By "resolve this", Schnatter was, of course, talking about players kneeling during the anthem to express their First Amendment rights in silent protest of black oppression and police brutality, the controversy surrounding which, Schnatter claimed, was "polarizing the customer and polarizing the country". We also believe, as Americans, we should honor our anthem.

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"The NFL has hurt us", Schnatter said.

The neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer named Papa John's the "official pizza" of the alt-right, and the chain ended up releasing a statement that it wanted nothing to do with such groups. "Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership".

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling during the anthem past year to protest police violence against minorities. The four major networks (NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox) are all suffering declining viewership, according to CNN.

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"Open to ideas from all. Except neo-nazis - (middle finger emoji) those guys".

CEO John Schnatter claimed that his pizza company was taking a sales hit from the protests because it is an official sponsor of the National Football League, going on express anger that the NFL's leadership didn't cut off the protests "a year-and-a-half ago", when Colin Kaepernick first called the flag a symbol of black oppression.

"Sorry racial injustice couldn't be ended as easily as adding an extra topping and a side of ranch", ESPN reporter Jemele Hill wrote on Twitter on November 1. In addition to their apology, Papa John's responded to Twitter users throughout the day.

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