Papa John's Apologizes for Blaming Poor Sales on NFL Player Protests

Papa John’s apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests

Using the company Twitter account, Papa John's maintained their claim that the NFL's business struggles have impacted their business.

In a series of tweets, the company said they believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players' movement to create change. "The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country".

Hill was also quick to respond after Papa John's tweeted the apology on Tuesday.

A third tweet from the company said that going forward, it will work with the National Football League and its players to "find a positive way forward", and is open to ideas from all, "except neo-nazis" - throwing in a middle finger emoji. Except neo-nazis - those guys. It's controversial because some people see the act of kneeling as disrespectful of the flag.

The apology came two weeks after Schnatter, during an earnings call for the company, expressed disappointment about the league's ongoing player protests during the national anthem.

"The NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders", Schnatter said.

Despite the pizza chain's efforts Tuesday to address the criticism over those remarks, some social media users weren't convinced.

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.

Those comments left little doubt that Papa John's position was that the anthem protests were hurting their business, and they held Commissioner Goodell responsible for not dealing with the problem directly from the beginning.

Papa John's replied to some of the responses, acknowledging that it "should have acted sooner" following Schnatter's comments.

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