After Papa John's CEO John Schnatterfor declining sales two weeks ago, the official league sponsor Tuesday backing off the initial comments.
The statements made on our earnings call were describing the factors that impact our business and we sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive. That definitely was not our intention.We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players’ movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe together, as Americans, we should honor our anthem. There is a way to do both.
We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all...
Schnatter is known to be a friend ofowner Jerry Jones, who has reportedly threatened to sue the league over current contract negotiations with commissioner Roger Goodell.
Somehow the Tweets appear shallow, at best, particularly the conclusion of the third Tweet above The Twitterverse seemed to respond along the same thinking, challenging Papa John's on not actually apologizing for blaming sales on the NFL.