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Papa John’s blames NFL for poor sales, his reasons may spark pizza boycott

John Schnatter (image source: Twitter/ @IAmPapaJohn)

National pizza chain Papa John’s is facing a financial hardship and the CEO blames the NFL’s national anthem issue, dismissing social injustice. Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter stated during a national conference call to investors that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is the chief culprit and stated, “Leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership. The NFL has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

Papa John’s is the official pizza of the NFL and Schnatter is a well known Trump supporter and donor. During his call, Schnatter went on to say that the continued protests by NFL players and failure of NFL leadership to manage the situation that “The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country.”

Papa John’s stock is down 12 percent since the protest started by Colin Kaepernick has been repeated across the nation by athletes, music artists, and average citizen’s that even include kids at sporting events. But Schnatter is missing the issue entirely by stating that is a national anthem issue. The national anthem protests are a social justice issue. It is about the treatment of Black Americans at the hands of police and lack of action by officials from the local to the federal level. It shows that wealthy White businessmen like Schnatter do not understand the plight that has affected persons of color across America. The fact that Schnatter has stated his business is suffering because of protests is a good thing, it means the protests are working. In fact, by making his statements about the NFL protests he may spark a boycott by people of color ordering a Papa John’s pizza until he wakes up and recognizes that social justice is the issue not the national anthem.


  1. nosey rosy on November 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    love it! that will teach others to watch what the hell they mean , cause no one who supports anything trump says is right will win, he might as well close house if he aint gonna support the people , hell papa john would recover once kolin keapatric and the players are respected when that will happen we dont know but we know football fans are thinking twice about their actions . and it aint bout no piza either its about equality of lives . respect for all people and fairness in hiring and maintaining a team . jerry jones just showed hiself to be ainti black ,, and we know him on his knees was fake ..
    he was trying to save face .. it failed . the player did what they wanted to do inspite his face holding hands on his old knees . he is so pitiful at his age to watch the cowboy team litterally sick

    • Joe Walsh on November 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      yes we will support trump you black racist

      • Brianeweis on November 2, 2017 at 10:20 am

        What exactly did she say that makes her racist? I suggest to you, sir, that you are the racist here.

        • Terry Dill on November 2, 2017 at 10:15 pm

          I suggest to you sir that America is sick of PC and SJW. She may not be racist but she would pass for ignorant.

          • Tony D. Mosley on November 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

            What’s “SJW” stands for?

          • Peace & Freedom Guy™✔ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ® on November 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm

            Social Justice Warrior

    • Terrie on November 2, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Love It!!!

    • Terry Dill on November 2, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      If you could at least spell Colin’s name you might get more respect. If you could learn capitalization and grammar you might get some respect. As long as you sound like you just came out from behind a mule you will not get any respect. I hate it if uneducated people who do not even TRY do not do as well as people with at least a grasp of the English language.

      • Max on November 5, 2017 at 1:07 am

        I hate it if uneducated people who do not even TRY do not do as well as people with at least a grasp of the English language.

        Are you saying this is an example of how grammar should be executed?
        Glass houses, fool.

    • MG Duece on November 6, 2017 at 6:05 am

      Blacks have been given many chances. A white President Lincoln made sure of that. If you really want to complain then think about what the US Government has done to the American Indian. Black are involved in everything USA. Sports. NAACP, Hollywood, politics,their own magazine,television channel and colleges. They even have their own society in white colleges. So what else do you expect? American Indian got Zero respect. Maybe the Blacks should help them?

  2. Bad Wolf on November 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    The fundamental problem with this entire “protest” is the complete lack of a connected plan to achieve the stated goal. If step 1 is “anthem protest”, what, exactly, is step 2, step 3, etc. to achieve the goal of “justice”? Never mind the fact that a goal of “justice” is completely un-achievable simply because it isn’t discrete and measurable. It’s subjective and can be interpreted differently by every single person, so you can never get it. For this entire “movement’ to ever get the slightest hope of accomplishing anything, it needs to declare specific, measurable goals that are reasonable. The only BLM goals that have ever been published were non-starters as they were never even remotely reasonable (I’m sorry, but asking every white person to just give houses to people of color isn’t reasonable). State goals for specific things that can be achieved. Then, put together a plan that specifically connects to reach those goals. Kneeling during the Anthem won’t ever achieve goals for a few obvious reasons. First off, sports teams can’t enact legislation. Second, angering/bothering fans will only make them mad, it won’t suddenly inspire them to demand legislation from their representatives. You’ll never get what you want by making people mad. That only works for toddlers. Adults have to be motivated by positive means and logical discussion.

    • Terrie on November 2, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Yeah that’s exactly what they told Ali! Small minds don’t see it. We do!

    • Terry Dill on November 2, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Wolf you are wasting your time. You went far deeper than these oppressed people can go. Don’t bother. Let them ruin the only way they can get rich. They will do the same thing to sports that they have done to every city they control. Crash and Burn it to the ground.
      There will never be a law they will abide by. There will never be enough freebies to keep them happy. They will forever be oppressed by someone. If not by the big bad white man it will be by someone else who has passed them by in the race to EVOLVE.
      Evolution historically has left behind the species most unable to adapt to the laws of nature. It looks like they will drag us down with them though since we have become TOOOO civilized to put our foot down.
      Unless we someday, just say,” enough is enough either get educated and pull your part of the load or starve” , they will take us all down with them.
      Baltimore, Detroit, Philly, Cleveland, the list of proof of my words goes on and on. What is the real reason prisons are majority black? Are you honest with yourself?
      As far as the President goes these folks will only be happy with a Black man or woman. They won’t care if they sell our country out or if their life gets any better as long as the gender and color are suitable. These people are a lost cause. Go look at some Instagram and face book pages and tell me they will ever be anything more than a democratic vote. Be Honest.

      • RedGem on November 4, 2017 at 5:21 am

        Spoken like true skinheads

      • Max on November 5, 2017 at 1:09 am

        Though if they do become successful in their own right then there’ll be another Black Wall Street…
        …oh I get it!

    • Guest on November 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      “That only works for toddlers” Kind of like instead of being truthful by saying quarterly profits were affected by commodity prices, natural disasters, and a CONTINUED drop in new domestic stores and international franchises – lets just blame 20 black guys kneeling on Sundays for an acknowledgment that this country regularly serves up injustice as easily as it does freedom. That sounds a lot more childish to me.

  3. Oak510finest on November 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Another pathetic white supremacist sympathizer whining. He knows damn people are boycotting the taste. Nobody eats Papa John’s.

    • Joe Walsh on November 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      yes you pathetic obama lover……. we ALL EAT PAPA JOHN’S IN TEXAS…..

      • Oak510finest on November 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm

        No you don’t so stop lying.

      • Guest on November 2, 2017 at 7:55 am

        Cultureless hicks that believe slapping sauce and cheese on crust is actually pizza love Papa Johns. Everyone else eats authentic Italian pies lmao

      • James Grey on November 4, 2017 at 12:30 am

        I’ll take President Obama any day over that pompous, man-child prick you racist dumbasses let occupy the White House. I’m convinced, more than ever, that bigotry and stupidity go hand in hand. Obviously, President Obama was too intelligent, too decent, too honest and just an all-around wonderful human being for you despicable pigs. Good luck with your buffoon, MORONS!!!!

        • MG Duece on November 6, 2017 at 6:10 am

          Obama did a great job escalating racism. Professor in Cambridge, Trevon Martin, and Furgeson. He jumped in and took a side before all the facts where in.

    • Terrie on November 2, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Big Papa aint so big. There are up and coming business who cant wait to take his place. Like the old saying goes “what you wont do someone else will”. Politics and business do not mix!

      If Papa Johns pizza is to be eaten by those who do not face injustices, and look the other way when others do, well eat that Chit! The NFL players being 70% black, have more leverage to end the game permanently.

      What no one seems to be concern with is the University of Louisville’s Trailer Park Trash and the Black Eye on its athletic department. Poor Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium may be in Jeopardy too. U of L has no control over future student enrollment especially the athletes who can attend and play anywhere else lol.

      Not savvy business to shoot off at the mouth without considering your customer base or the employee sabotage. Being on the wrong side of history as it pertains to social injustice is the worst thing any business can do. At the end of the day all he should be concerned with is changing that funky pizza ingredients and counting his green and boy does he have a lot of it. Racism IS going to kill itself. Thanks Big Papa for showing them how its done!

      • Oak510finest on November 2, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        Great Post, well said.

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      • Terry Dill on November 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm

        The entire thing is a HOAX. The protest is a HOAX. Discrimination is a HOAX. Criminality is the problem. Look at the numbers.
        But NO we cant bother ourselves with the fact of Black Criminality! Lets bitch about 2 or 3 actual cases of police going overboard each year.
        Year after year of putting up with being called every name In the book by people who know they are breaking the law but think they are somehow special.
        Year after year of having to trudge through nasty ghettos to sort out some gangster shooting. DAMN MAN! I have nothing but respect for cops. Why they even go into the hood amazes me.

        • MG Duece on November 6, 2017 at 6:13 am

          Look at the Northern cities Detroit and Chicago. The USG gave them housing in certain area and now its a dam mess. Crime ridden and Chicago’s mayor is a Arse.

      • Terry Dill on November 2, 2017 at 11:12 pm


        • Aunt Cookie on November 3, 2017 at 7:34 pm

          Your mouth must stink from all that BS you keep repeatedly spewing.. I see you trolling from one comment to the next…Do everybody a favor and go eat that crap your big pappa is serving and croak already…

        • MG Duece on November 6, 2017 at 6:14 am

          Forgot Antifa!

    • RedGem on November 4, 2017 at 5:22 am

      Sugar and tomato flavoured cardboard

  4. Bozo Marquzez on November 1, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Never liked Pap John’s, but I’m gonna start buying it. Thanks for the free advertising!

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    • Aunt Cookie on November 3, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      LMFAOOO… Idiot… You’re so smart… (Not)

      • Bozo Marquzez on November 6, 2017 at 12:23 am

        And you’re fat and ugly. (True). I got a papa john’s coupon for you

        • Aunt Cookie on November 8, 2017 at 2:44 am

          LMFAOOO… Awweee… look at him… him made a lil rhyme.. Only.. I’m not fat, i’m slim and fit…your little rant let’s me know, you’re still sucking on mother’s tit…

          • Bozo Marquzez on November 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

            You’re dumb, you’re scum, and you lie like a bum. Have another milkshake with fries, cause you smell like a slum

  5. JohnMyroro on November 1, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Trumpist company, crappy pizza.

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  6. Scott M. Wright on November 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

    That’s what you do when you are disappointed by a business or product is you don’t shop or buy from them. Drop your sponsorship to this sport. I buy pizza at least twice a week and guess who I don’t buy from. Here is a list:

  7. Olympus Plair on November 2, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Dumb thing to say. I will never go to Papa John’s again. Should have just kept your opinions to yourself. Especially since there are people on both sides of the fence.

    • Kimberly on November 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Well… I had stopped buying Papa John’s because they where supporting the NFL. I’m glad that they are letting us know “Pizza Monday is BACK” <3 May even head out and get a slice for lunch today #BoycottNFL

  8. Chipnotes on November 2, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Papa John’s WAS my favorite pizza. Should have let this “sleeping dog” sleep!

  9. Kimberly on November 2, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Looks like pizza Monday is BACK in full swing. The family is going to love this <3 #NFLBoycott

  10. Karl Roembke on November 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    You may not be able to do this, but here’s my challenge: You, Papa John and Peyton Manning should appear on commercials, airing during football games with a ‘carefully worded’ statement about how you love America, love the Armed forces, police, first responders, etc. and possibly how you don’t agree with everything that is going on right now. If you did this, your sales would eclipse anything you have ever done– once the word gets out– and it would. I’m not a marketing expert, but I would go out of my way to buy pizza a Papa Johns if I knew you were in it with me. Sincerely, Karl Roembke from Indianapolis. Everyone in Indianapolis (and Indiana) loves Peyton Manning, so we would be with you!

    • nosey rosy on November 3, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      this is not about selling pizza idiot , you white folks always avoid the real elephant in the room ,, he is trying to overt attention off a very serious subject , these players are loseing money too if they boycott the games . they lose fans too if they take a stand ,and endorsers are scared to mess with them cause the fans will not buy their products too if they drop the players from endorseing so everyone has everyone by the nuts . but i promise you if your white you too , is ignorant to the problems plaquing america racism among whites , you cant paint a pig and not call it a pig no more .. . pizza is not the dam issue .. so buy all you want ,in fact go to papa johns and buy up the whole kitchen of sloppy pizza , that the ingredients are half cooked on top .. i hate his pizza anyways blacks dont buy popa johns anyway .. so what player endorsed him i dont know .. maybe some college kid bought pizza for his friends to watch football however he wasnt the top pizza sold anyway dominos is

      • Bob Jeffersonian on November 4, 2017 at 10:06 am

        Actually, he is just trying to sell pizza. Most of us don’t carry fire arms, commit crimes or resist arrest, so we just don’t care about those idiots (regardless of skin color).

  11. Ken Joner on November 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Papa John’s decision to withdraw from advertising is the reason I ordered 2 specialty pizzas today. I told the store owner exactly why I was doing it too. Thumbs up, Papa Johns. Let the NO FANS LEFT protest themselves out of a very profitable living. By the way, the pizzas were great.

  12. Terry Dill on November 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Social Justice? What a crock! Don’t do crime and you wont encounter police! When you do encounter police just do what you are told! Don’t argue and resist! Are you really that DUMB? Surely with all the tax dollars poured into inner city schools you have learned SOMETHING!

  13. Aunt Cookie on November 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Nobody has been eating Papa John’s since that nasty tainted pork sausage debacle they had going on several years back. He really need to stop.. But this is the new way White Business Owners are reviving their dead arse businesses… Blame it on the blacks.. Oooops… I meant the “NFL” (wink wink).. Blame it on Big O…blame it on BLM…hell…they’d blame it on the rain just to gain sympathy… and we all get to watch the sheep line up to be slaughtered… Big Dummies…

  14. nosey rosy on November 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    lord somebody please tell white men its time to give up the idea a black man will steal your daughter wife or girlfriend come on white men are marrying black women at a high rate right now .. so people gonna marry who the hell they wish and all you fools talking bout you just bough papa hohn to support him , he is rich .. what he need your help for , , you need to send your dime to the salvation ary or redcrose instead of blowing up john crack pipe . oooops i mean ego . his pizzza is not the best , piggy pies in dallas is , . comeo come on do better papa johnes

  15. Shanya Fullerton-Ingram on November 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    It’s nasty anyway