Papa John's issues Twitter apology for 'divisive' National Football League, anthem remarks

Papa John's issues Twitter apology for 'divisive' National Football League, anthem remarks

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

Like many sponsors, we are in contact with the National Football League and once the issue is resolved between the players and the owners, we are optimistic that the NFL's best years are ahead.

Yeah, well, that's back, sort of, as the pizza chain issued a tepid apology on Tuesday - about two weeks after the fact - and in doing so took a swipe at neo-Nazis.

It took nearly two weeks for the company to speak on the topic again, but this time, they released a series of tweets apologizing for their actions and blaming players who were peacefully protesting police brutality and social injustices during the Anthem.

The chain then used an emoji for the middle finger, "those guys". "They don't need your permission or to compromise to benefit you", according to Hollywood writer Rachel Kiley.

Papa John's responded: "He helped write this post - yes". Many on Twitter were unimpressed with Papa John's apology, noting that it came too late and that it seemed to stand directly in contrast to what the company's CEO, John Schnatter, had said on the earnings call earlier in November. Of the "controversy", Schnatter also said, "This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago".

"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership", he added, apparently calling out commissioner Roger Goodell.

Declining viewership and loss of advertising revenue were previously raised as major concerns by Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder and other National Football League owners regarding potential negative consequences of the ongoing anthem protests. "The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country".

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