Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Papa Johns apologizes for blaming low sales on national anthem protests

Papa John's issues weak apology after blaming NFL protests for drop in sales Papa Johns apologizes for blaming low sales on national anthem protests
Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2017, 09:52

Papa John's CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for the company's declining sales, singling out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for how he has handled player protests during the national anthem. "That definitely was not our intention".

"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".

In a series of tweets, the company said they believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players' movement to create change. "Open to ideas from all". However, the company walked back their criticisms of the league's handling of the anthem protests, while making it clear that the official pizza company of the NFL respects the right of the players to protest. "Except neo-nazis - expletive those guys".

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

"The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players' and owners' satisfaction", Schnatter said in an earnings call on November 1, via Bloomberg. "This should've been nipped in the bud a year and half ago". CEO John Schnatter said, "The NFL has hurt us".

For good measure, Papa John's made sure one group's views are not welcome, giving those people "the finger" in emoji form.

Papa John's responded: "He helped write this post - yes".

"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership", Schnatter said.

Although the company did not mention just how far the sales have fallen, Ritchie indicated that, as one of the most prominent National Football League sponsors, Papa John's and the NFL's popularity are linked.