The popular pizza chain apologized in a string of tweets Tuesday night for comments made on a November 1 conference call with shareholders where CEO and TV pitchman John Schnatter insinuated the ongoing anthem protests have hurt his business.
But on Tuesday night, Papa John's official Twitter account published a string of tweets addressing their statements on that earnings call.
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.
The pizza chain said that it supports "the players' movement to create a new platform for change" but that it also believes that "as Americans, we should honor our anthem".
Papa John's added that it is "open to ideas from all".
The pizza company was swiftly criticized by many for pressuring the league to suppress the player protests, which began as a way to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice in America. Except Neo-Nazis - [middle finger emoji] those guys. "The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country".
Now, two weeks into November, Papa Johns has released an apology for these remarks on Twitter. More players began kneeling after President Trump said at an Alabama rally last month that team owners should get rid of players who protest during the anthem.
"Leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership", Schnatter said.
Others disputed the idea that the protesting players would want to work with the company. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones cites the struggles of Papa John's in making the case to other National Football League owners to rethink a proposed, quite lucrative, contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.