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

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

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

Papa John's series of Tuesday tweets said while the company supports players' rights to protest, it believes that the anthem should be honored and that it's willing to work with players and the league to move forward from the controversy. Except neo-nazis - those guys.

Hill also commented on Papa John's apology Tuesday, writing, "This is peak 2017".

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.

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"This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago", Schnatter reportedly said during the November 1 call. "The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country".

Many Twitter users took the pizza chain to task for what they perceived as an insincere and belated apology - and one that they believed did not reflect the values of the company's CEO, who made the initial comments as well as several other controversial remarks in the past. "That definitely was not our intention". Schnatter believes the anthem protests turned fans away from the game and, as a result, caused a decline in pizza sales.

Schnatter previously blamed commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing the anthem protests to continue rather than take a harsher stance against the demonstrations.

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The protests have also drawn criticism from President Trump, who tweeted that kneeling players should be fired. "But good or bad, leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership".

According to Papa John's Spokesman Peter Collins, the company tweeted these statements because they failed to adequately convey their true sentiments two weeks ago. The controversy kicked off after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem previous year, inspiring other players to engage in similar forms of protest to recognize racial inequality and police brutality.

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