Papa John’s CEO blames black athletes for disappointing pizza sales

I’ve been boycotting Papa John’s my entire life (It just never looked appetizing to me) so I guess all I can do is continue not buying their food.

During a post-earnings conference call this week, John Schnatter — better known as the CEO (and spokesman) of Papa John’s — told reporters and shareholders that the cause for the company’s lackluster performance in recent months has nothing to do with its food or customer service, but rather the NFL’s handling of the protests during the national anthem.

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” he said during the call, according to Bloomberg. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.” The NFL came up over 40 times during the conference call.

To even the most casual viewer at home, Schnatter might be among the more recognizable faces during game broadcasts. Papa John’s has been one of the league’s most visible sponsors for years, and Schnatter has made a point of inserting himself into the company’s ad campaigns alongside a rotating cast of NFL stars, most notably Peyton Manning (who retired after the 2015 season and now owns a group of Papa John’s franchises in the Denver area).

  • Adam Selvidge

    how does “The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” mean he hates black people?

  • James Baldwin

    This is a good (and definitely calculated) cheap way to play to your base and get lots of free air time. No commercials necessary.

  • Mike

    I think his sales have been hurt more by social media calling for boycotts because of what a shitty person he is, which was going on long before this NFL flap.

  • Paul Hickey

    After this guy refused to offer healthcare for his employees because it would raise the cost of a pie 10 cents was enough for me to boycott him

  • Bubbubsky

    Papa John’s is a diarrhea factory.