During a conference call with the media Wednesday, Papa John's executives announced that the company is pulling its NFL-associated ads because players protesting during the national anthem are hurting its pizza sales.
"The NFL has hurt us," Papa John's founder and CEO, John Schnatter, said, as reported by ESPN. "We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this."
He continued, saying, "leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," adding that the player protests are an issue that he thought had been "nipped in the bud" over a year and a half ago.
The company's president and chief operating officer, Steve Ritchie, said that Papa John's deal with the NFL at a time during player protests is the suspected reason for the sales decline of their pizza and that "we expect it to persist unless a solution is put in place."
Wow. People heard Papa John's blaming the NFL and the league's protesting players for their sales decline and blasted them, suggesting they should blame their "terrible pizza" instead. Check out these heated yet hilarious reactions.
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Charlamagne Tha God ethered Papa John's via the 'donkey of the day' on 'The breakfast club' this morning
C Tha God really said: "Unless you were in a college dorm, you have never walked into someone's house and seen an empty Papa John's pizza box. That's because, people order it because it's cheap. Then, they drench it in garlic sauce, eat one-and-a-half slices and the realize they made a poor decision because they were high."
He also said "there's no correlation" between Papa John's hurting sales and NFL player protests. #Facts.
He bodied them!
And people were quick to tell Papa John's CEO that he should blame his 'terrible pizza' instead of protesting NFL players for the company's sales drop
"The box tastes better" is about as brutal as it gets.
Watch Trump order a pie from papa john's tonight or ...
Under this administration ... you never know.
People also wanted to let Papa John's CEO know about the garlic sauce
But even if the garlic sauce is the company's savior, their political stance can't be ignored at this point
Do you agree?
one person even suggested dousing nfl protests in the garlic sauce, so they're easier for Papa John's CEO to digest
DiGiorno Pizza also took the moment to get petty and throw these sales charts at Papa John's
And there's truth to where that came from, with Forbes estimating that Papa John's CEO lost how much in market value!?
You've made your bed ... now lie in it.
and there could be more financial pain on the horizon
Many others must be thinking the same.
At the end of the day, it seems like ...
And if so, Papa John's did it to themselves.