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Papa John’s Loses Founder Over NFL Protests

The NFL thugs and their knee-taking distractions have caused another financial casualty: Papa Johns..  Fox Business reports that the famous pizza-maker’s shares are down more than 32 percent since last year and dropped considerably since the founder criticized the NFL’s handling of the protests over the national anthem.  John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s Pizza, has stepped down from his role as CEO following the company’s announcement on Thursday of lower than expected earnings.  While his role in the company won’t end, his public exposure will greatly diminish.

Fox Business Reports:

John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s Pizza (PZZA), is stepping down as CEO of the Louisville-based chain, the company said on Thursday. Schnatter, 56, will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Papa John’s COO Steve Ritchie will succeed Schnatter as CEO in January. “I am humbled to take on this role,” said Ritchie. “By focusing on our team members, we will deliver the world class experiences our customers deserve.” A prominent NFL sponsor, Papa John’s drew scrutiny last month after Schnatter publicly blamed the league’s handling of player national anthem protests for subpar third-quarter sales. The company later condemned white supremacy after the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi publication, praised Papa John’s as “the official pizza of the alt-right” due to Schnatter’s comments.

Ritchie declined to comment on whether the NFL spat played a role in Schnatter’s departure as CEO, but told the Wall Street Journal that public relations controversies involving the company “have been quite a distraction.” “I want to put the focus back on our people and pizza,” he said. Schnatter founded Papa John’s in 1984 and has a personal net worth estimated at $800 million, according to Forbes. Papa John’s has more than 3,000 store locations in the U.S.

With a net worth of $800 million, Schnatter isn’t exactly hurting from this transitioning role, but there’s obviously a number of complaints to be made and a ‘slice’ of blame can be served up to a number of parties.  First, the NFL players that divided America, crippled the interest in the NFL, and disrespected members of our armed forces, deserve the largest portion of disdain.  But, it also can’t be ignored that people from the Alt Right directed a lot of negative publicity towards the pizza makers by labeling them the official alt-right pizza.  Lastly, whoever made the decision to disavow white supremacy is an idiot.  Not because white supremacy is a good thing, but what on God’s green earth is a pizza business doing wading into politics about it? Nothing good can come from defending yourself from accusations of racism. All that will happen is the words “white supremacy” will appear beside headlines with your business name. So, unless you want headlines from liberal outlets about how “Papa John’s Disavows Their Ties To White Supremacy” shut up about it next time.

If you didn’t do anything wrong, don’t disavow anything. Forcing individuals and businesses to disavow random things is a leftist tactic to get those businesses to talk about issues that matter to them. Its about hijacking someone’s platform.  It will never pay off.  If you catch someone being egregiously foul or racist, throw their rear out on the street. But don’t act like Papa John’s needs to wade into the political field. That’s a lose-lose situation. Chew on that, it’s delicious.



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