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Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Otto Pizza takes a shot at Papa John's

Otto Pizza takes a shot at Papa John's

Schnatter is no doubt referring to the silent protests that began with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first sat during the national anthem during a preseason game in August 2016.

"NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders", said the chain's CEO, John Schnatter, in a call with analysts Wednesday.

Papa John's tagline has always been "Better Ingredients". Players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial inequality and other issues might just be the reason why. According to Sports Illustrated, the company's stock price has fallen by more than 5 percent since the National Football League season kicked off.

Add that to the fact that Jones, according to Pro Football Talk, is a significant Papa John's franchise owner with more than 100 stores as of 2014.

Papa John's sales are declining.

Papa John's has been a longtime sponsor of the NFL, and Schnatter previously said he enjoyed the league's sponsorship.

Reimer cites President Donald Trump's decision to use the anthem controversy in a series of tweets and at a now-infamous campaign event in Alabama to stoke the outrage. And so the controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country, and that's the big difference here.

Additionally, the move has resurfaced a story from earlier this year which revealed Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch quietly paid for Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks' apartment in Detroit for "more than a decade", according to CNN.

"Good or bad, leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership", Schnatter said in prepared remarks clearly aimed at Goodell.

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