Papa John's Apologizes for 'Divisive' Comments Regarding Anthem Protests, NFL Commish

Papa John's Apologizes for 'Divisive' Comments Regarding Anthem Protests, NFL Commish

But on Tuesday night, Papa John's official Twitter account published a string of tweets addressing their statements on that earnings call.

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. "The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country". "Open to ideas from all".

The pizza company was swiftly criticized by many for pressuring the league to suppress the player protests, which began as a way to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice in America.

The protests have also drawn criticism from President Trump, who tweeted that kneeling players should be fired.

Company executives declined to disclose exactly how much money in projected sales Papa John's lost from its association with the National Football League and declining ratings, which mean fewer people are ordering their product for game days, they said.

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"The NFL has hurt us", Schnatter said then.

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

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.

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.

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

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