Papa John’s is apologizing after blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
- Papa John's CEO to investors: 'NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders'
- Pizza chain has tweeted apology over CEO's comments
The pizza chain has taken a hit both financially and online since entering into the debate.
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. That definitely was not our intention. (1/3)— Papa John's Pizza (@PapaJohns) November 15, 2017
This all stems from the controversy over NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem.
On Nov. 1, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter told investors on a conference call that "NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders" and that the protests "should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago."
Papa John’s faced backlash for its CEO’s comments. The Associated Press says the company’s stock has fallen by nearly 13 percent since Schnatter’s comments.
Papa John’s is now offering to help find some common ground between supporters and opponents of the kneeling protest.
We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players’ movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe together, as Americans, we should honor our anthem. There is a way to do both. (2/3)— Papa John's Pizza (@PapaJohns) November 15, 2017