Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Papa John's founder steps down as CEO after criticizing National Football League protests

Papa John's CEO to step down after NFL protest comments Papa John's founder steps down as CEO after criticizing National Football League protests
Jerome Frank | 25 December, 2017, 17:30

Schnatter triggered fierce criticism by saying the pizza chain's sales were hurt by the NFL's handling of the controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence and racial injustice.

Friends, today is a dark day in the world of Italian-themed quick-serve restaurant franchises, for John "Papa John" Schnatter, whose keen business acumen and unmatched marketing savvy resulted in neo-Nazis everywhere publicly declaring their undying love for his company's product, is stepping down as CEO of his eponymous carbo-loaded empire.

He founded Papa John's more than 30 years ago and owes a large part of his personal fame to advertising with the National Football League, as well as Peyton Manning's ties to the company.

The company's stock is down a whopping 13 percent his he made his polarizing player protest comments.

"In his duties as Chairman and founder, Schnatter will continue to champion the core principles that led to recognition as the industry leader in product quality and customer satisfaction", the release stated. Strangely, the potential relevance of the fact that Papa John's pizza tastes like garlic-infused despair never came up.

For the good of Papa's shareholders, hopefully Ritchie can still deliver the dough. No immediate reason was given for his decision, which takes effect January 1.

Jones had praised Schnatter in the wake of his comments on player protests, calling the Papa John's CEO "one of the great Americans" in an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter attends the Indy 500 on May 23, 2015, in Indianapolis.

Goodell critics have said that he should force players to stand for the anthem.

The company took to Twitter and apologized for the saucy comments after neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer gave Papa John's the esteemed title of official pizza of the alt-right.

He also said that sales had declined because of the protests.

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