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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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!
"The box tastes better" is about as brutal as it gets.
Under this administration ... you never know.
Do you agree?
You've made your bed ... now lie in it.
Many others must be thinking the same.
And if so, Papa John's did it to themselves.
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