Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter
Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for a plunge in sales at the pizza chain. Because league officials have allowed its players to kneel during the national anthem, in protest of police brutality.
"NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders," Schnatter said today on a shareholders conference call. "The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players' and owners' satisfaction," he added. Papa John’s is also an official sponsor of the NFL and its TV ads are on all throughout the games. "Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," Schnatter extended his blame to league commissioner Roger Goodell.