LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Nearly two weeks after Papa John’s executives expressed disappointment with players protesting during the national anthem, the company is walking back on comments made during that earnings call.
The pizza chain took to Twitter Tuesday to apologize after saying protests were hurting business:
“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. 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. We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all. Except neo-Nazis -- *expletive emoji* those guys.”
Not everyone was buying their apology.
After CEO John Schnatter's original comments on Nov. 1, Papa John's shares fell more than 8 percent.
Papa John's has a deal with the NFL and 23 of their teams individually.
Representatives from the company told WHAS11 News that Schnatter did help craft the tweets seen on Twitter and says it is the overall company stance.
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