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A pair weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza gross sales, Papa John’s is attempting to tone down the vitriol.
Tuesday, the corporate apologized, stated it helps gamers’ protests and denounced neo-nazis, by way of its Twitter account
On the corporate’s earnings name earlier this month, Schnatter principally referred to as out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his dealing with of participant protests.
“The NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders,” Schnatter stated. “The NFL has been a long and valued partner over the years. But we’re certainly disappointed that the NFL and its leadership did not resolve the ongoing situation to the satisfaction of all parties long ago. This should’ve been nipped in the bud a year and half ago.”
After the statements, a white-supremacist publication claimed Papa John’s as their official pizza. The firm scrambled to attempt to distance itself from the alt-right.
“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,” the corporate tweeted Tuesday.
“We imagine in the best to protest inequality and help the gamers’ motion to create a brand new platform for change. We additionally imagine collectively, as Americans, we must always honor our anthem. There is a approach to do each.
“We will work with the gamers and league to discover a optimistic method ahead. Open to concepts from all. Except neo-nazis — (expletive) these guys.”
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