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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — So maybe it wasn’t the NFL’s fault.
Papa John’s Pizza tweeted an apology for founder John Schnatter’s statement from a couple of weeks ago in which he suggested the NFL’s failure to control player protests during the national anthem contributed to lower sales.
That statement prompted a white supremacist publication to heartily endorse Papa John’s.
On Tuesday, the pizza company apologized for any divisiveness the earlier statements may have caused.
And it sent a pointed message to white supremacists, too. It includes an emoji.
Schnatter, 55, is a Hoosier native and Ball State alumnus.
The movement was started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled to protest what he said was police mistreatment of blacks. More players began kneeling after President Donald Trump said at an Alabama rally last month that team owners should get rid of players who protest during the anthem.
The company’s stock has fallen by nearly 13% since Schnatter’s comments.
The founder of Papa John’s pizza says the national anthem protests that have been prevalent in the National Football League this season is hurting business, and blames the league’s leadership for the struggles. Time