Papa John's Says NFL Protest Comments Were Never Meant to Be 'Divisive'

Papa John's Says NFL Protest Comments Were Never Meant to Be 'Divisive'

During a meeting of NFL owners earlier in October, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said "we can't have the inmates running the prison", referring to player demonstrations during the national anthem.

During Papa John's third-quarter earnings call earlier this month, a clearly frustrated Schnatter blasted the NFL for the problems over the protests, blaming the league for weaker ratings that have in turn weighed down the chain's sales.

So in tweets last evening, the company said Schnatter didn't mean what people thought he meant.

The Louisville, Ky. -based pizza chain said that comments CEO John Schnatter made earlier this month were business factors, and were not meant to be divisive.

Schnatter, on a Papa John's earnings call, blamed his company's reduced sales and lowered profit forecast on the NFL's failure to stop players protesting police brutality and racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem.

Papa John's added that they support the players' right to protest inequality, and that they believe there is a way to "create a new platform for change" and "honor our anthem" at the same time.

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Apparently Papa John's doesn't believe two weeks is too late to say sorry.

The pizza company was sure to appease as much as possible, claiming it was "open to ideas from all" for solving the protest issue, "Except neo-nazis".

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

The CEO's remarks led neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer to endorse Papa John's as the official pizza of the self-proclaimed alt-right - an accolade the company rejected.

But in the end, all that it looks like to me is that Schnatter and everyone else at the company decided that a little bit of lagging pizza sales had nothing on the fact that the company's stock had fallen almost 13 percent (as reported by the Associated Press) since Schnatter made his comments.

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