Papa John’s Apologizes For Blaming Declining Sales On NFL Protests, Gives Middle Finger Emoji To Neo-Nazis

The New York Daily News reports:

Apparently Papa John’s doesn’t believe two weeks is too late to say sorry. The popular pizza chain apologized in a string of tweets Tuesday night for comments made on a Nov. 1 conference call with shareholders where CEO and TV pitchman John Schnatter insinuated the ongoing anthem protests have hurt his business.

Schnatter previously blamed commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing the anthem protests to continue rather than take a harsher stance against the demonstrations. Schnatter believes the anthem protests turned fans away from the game and, as a result, caused a decline in pizza sales.

  • ccc

    I canceled my Papa John’s account two weeks ago. I think they feel the heat and fuck them!

    • Sporkfighter

      “Better late than never”, but dude, you were seriously late!

      • ccc

        In all due respect, dude, I have a richer and busier life (and higher priorities) than concerning myself about pizza.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          You had a Papa John’s account, so QED.

          • ccc

            Fuck you, QED.

  • worstcultever

    Flail, bitch.

    • Rambie

      and please also fall into bankruptcy while you’re at it.

      • No More GOP.

        Sadly, that would hurt his employees… who are already struggling.

    • crewman

      It’s a little hard to buy the apology of a man who is rampantly insulting to liberals and tacitly supportive of white supremacists until his profits are hurt for a while and panic sets in, and then suddenly he discovers he didn’t really intend to say any of the things he intended to say, and he didn’t really mean to offend anyone after all.

      • kaydenpat

        Well said. I’ll never buy Papa John’s pizza again.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          Your tastebuds thank you.

        • gothambear

          Besides all of the politics and craziness of the founder, THEIR PIZZA IS SHIT.

      • CJAS

        Nicely put.

      • ian

        ^^^^^Exactly this. Thank you for expressing so succinctly what we all know is going on.

    • Todd20036

      Yes SIR!!!

    • Snarkaholic

      And fail!
      (With those cardboard/ketchup pizzas you sell, that’s almost guaranteed.)

    • BurningTongues

      This is the same asshole who basically said he’d lower his employee’s wages if he were forced to pay for part of their health insurance. He’s a real asswipe.

  • GeneInSJ

    “We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all.”

    Who exactly do they think they ARE saying they will WORK with the players and league????

    I’ve never had their (I assume) crappy pizza anyway. Getting pizza from a chain in South Jersey doesn’t make sense.

    • Rambie

      You’re lucky, my last employer would get it for the company Pizza Party Day. Mainly because it was the only delivery in our remote part of town.

    • Sporkfighter

      I’ve had their pizza…once. They are less than a five minute walk away, but not worth the price it it were free.

  • Treant

    No. You had your chance, you made your choice, and now you don’t like the consequences. I don’t buy Nazi pizza. It tastes like failure.

  • glass

    Papa johns sucked loooong before this, and they just suck even more now. Piss off PJ’s, there is much better pizza to be had.

  • Dramphooey

    Easiest boycott ever because it’s crap pizza. Telling Nazis to fuck off is good but put your words into action. Get rid of John Schlatter.

    • Boreal

      I hope his board is scared enough of losing money to sack him.

      • Joe in PA

        Pssst: don’t be throwing around those football terms around here buster. 🙂

        (don’t quit your day job) 🙂

        • Boreal

          I have absolutely zero interest in sports. Well maybe naked man wrestling.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Same here. Unless you have a direct relative or are making money on a game, I really don’t get the appeal of watching a dammed thing.

        • Treant

          Can we mention I heard you’re a tight end?

          • Joe in PA

            You may. Ahem.

          • MarkOH

            He WAS! 🤣

          • Joe in PA


          • GayOldLady

            Y’all think you’re clever with your football metaphors, don’t ya? 🙂

            Y’all missed a few
            Wide Receiver
            Defensive End
            Defensive Back

            You boys are so good, see if y’all can work them into a sentence. 🙂

          • David Walker

            Well, it ain’t a sentence, but here goes:

            The boys were in the locker room, showering after losing the game. The scatback thought it would be good for morale if they had a good fuck on the shower floor. The wide receiver was was game and assumed the position, but the defensive end insisted he was xn and would never consider it. The fullback had heard this bullshit before and knew it wasn’t true, and the defensive back felt compelled to tackle the defensive end. They discovered it wasn’t the sex so much as the defensive end had a tight end. Being a good man, the wide receiver offered to help the defensive end discover other things he might enjoy. The kicker took over.

          • GayOldLady

            LOL! I was thinking something more like, “I wanted to “blank” him, but he was a defensive end”

          • jerry

            You should enter the Bulwer-Lytton contest next year, under purple prose.

          • David Walker

            Is that still around? I thought maybe Eugene Whozit (Delgado?) won it in perpetuity for his “dark and stormy” warehouse story.

          • jerry

            Yes it is…I generally still read the winners each year.

          • David Walker

            Thanks. I tend to forget about them until some kind soul such as yourself brings it up.

          • Joe in PA

            I make it a point to NEVER use the word scatback, in a sentence or otherwise.


            Is that a thing? Really?

          • GayOldLady

            Yes, it’s a real thing. It’s not a roster position, but it’s a common football term that generally means a small running back who can make quick moves and who’s very fast and agile.

          • stuckinthewoods

            Your definition as an agile runner makes me wonder if the scat- part of the word shares an origin with the agile “scat singing” done so well by Ella Fitzgerald. Scoot, scat.

          • clay

            Even with Kansas’ governor?

          • Joe in PA

            LOL, ok, maybe I could make an exception. 🙂

        • Rambie

          I’ve played with some mighty fine half backs in my day.

        • Adam King

          “Sack” meaning “fire someone” is a much older term than “sack” as a football play. (Online Etymology Dictionary has the former from 1841 and the latter from 1969.)

          • Boreal

            Also to loot and destroy as in the Sack of Rome.

          • Librarykid

            There is plenty of this kind of sacking going on in Washington DC right now.

          • Scott Carpenter

            Is that what that means? I always pictured one of those canvas bags, like Trader Joe’s sells to carry your groceries. You know, with the coliseum embroidered on it.

    • Steve

      And Peyton Manning while your at it. I would change my insurance if I had not been with them for over 20 years. I figure eventually Manning will go away. But my insurance has always been good to me.

    • Uncle Mark

      They can shove their rancid pizza along with their rancid policies and blatant greed….as well as that butt plug, Schlatter. The assholes could afford to give SuperBowl attendees free pizza, but fucked their employees over on healthcare…working against ObamaCare, until the business mandate requirement became law. It’s obvious that if the ACA goes away, they’ll fuck their employees over again.

      Y’all threw your lot in with Orange Mussolini and the Nazis, and only expressed regret for such “haste” against free speech when it hurt your bottom line. SUFFER !!

  • Boreal
  • Michael R
  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    “We sincerely apologize to anyone *who* thought they were divisive. That definitely wasn’t our intention.”

    In other words, “We didn’t think we’d get caught.”

    • Treant

      Shaggy looks kind of hot in that.

      • Joe in PA

        you need to get laid boy.

        • Treant

          I just did, but I can always appreciate a well-drawn otter.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        I always thought Shaggy would be a more fun fuck than Alan.

        • Treant

          God, yes. Get stoned, bone for hours, eat, get stoned…

        • Nic Peterson

          I think you mean Freddy. Alan was much more buff and was a bit player on Josie and the Pussycats.

          • Lumpy Gaga


            Can’t keep my cartoon studs straight in my dotage.

          • Nic Peterson

            I understand completely. My dear mother warned that watching all that tele would ruin my mind. I’m not sure it was m viewing habits that did the damage though. I had a thing for Speed Racer back in the day and Race Bannon as well. FInding out that Race Bannon was played by a much younger Mike Pence ruins the whole thing for me.

    • greenmanTN

      Oh, maybe they’ll finally pull off one of the masks and he’ll be “Presidential”!

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        On that topic, have you noticed the media no longer even seems to suggest that? 😀

      • Todd Allis

        Pull off all the masks, and you might find nothing is left.

    • Uncle Mark

      Gotta love those non-apologies. “I’m sorry YOU were offended when we sought to undermine your 1st Amendment rights.” Y’all can take your LATE, fake apology and fuck the hell off !!

  • Tom Furgas

    Funny how right-wingers change their tune when their pocketbook is impacted. Shows where their real priorities lie. Last time I ordered a Papa John’s pizza it arrived almost uncooked. I sent the store that delivered it a letter complaining and I didn’t hear back from them for almost a year. No matter…they’re not getting any more of my business.

  • Steve

    Gee this sucks. I cannot protest and vow not to eat Papa John’s. I stopped a long time ago when an employee added a tip to my credit card, after I tipped in cash. I complained and they did nothing. Their response was, your bank took care of it.

    • boatboy_srq

      Sounds like a time to dispute the charge. Banks don’t like getting taken for a ride any more than we do.

      • Steve

        It was a long time ago. Since it was only a few bucks the bank let it go. Got a refund from them for the whole charge. Stopped thinking about it.

        • boatboy_srq

          They reversed the entire charge? Good for you.

  • Blake Jordan


    PJ thought with the “election” of trump, and the media trying to “normalize white nationalists”, that PJ could be proud of their racism… they were beyond fucking wrong, and now they want to go the other way, irrationally believing people would readily forgive them.

  • Joe in PA

    I like Freckles’ comment: as if Pappa has any way to “work with the players”.

    Sounds like someone else we know…Orange Turd.

    • Gustav2

      He is paying big bucks to the NFL so he is allowed to control their speech!!!!!!!!!1111!!!! /s

  • Bambino

    Something inside the Papa John pizza has long been dead and they just can’t hide it and fake it.

  • LovesIrony

    New topping: crow

    • Todd20036

      Probably healthier than anything he put on his pizza

      • kaydenpat


      • BurningTongues

        Tastier too!

      • And tastes better.

    • duncansdad

      Faux crow.

  • shellback

    If people knew how quick, easy, and economical making your own pizza is, you wouldn’t be giving money to nazis and other jerks. Make your own, people.

    • Boreal

      Hubby does every week but we also have a phenomenal locally owned pizza place just down the road.

      • shellback

        Homemade pizza in under 38 minutes – from start to finish.*
        * Does not include making the sauce which requires a few more minutes.

        • Dennis McGuire

          Or proofing dough

          • shellback

            Proofing is unnecessary. As I said above “under 38 minutes.” Total.

          • Dennis McGuire

            Yeah, well, you enjoy it then.

    • kaydenpat

      And making your own will probably be healthier too. Great suggestion.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      OK what now ?

  • Dagoril

    So first they pissed off the normals. And now they’re pissing off the Nazis. These people really know how to run a company!

    Also, not sure why a shitty pizza purveyor feels the need to lecture people on political issues.

    • Scott Carpenter

      He has money, which is proof he’s smarter, more connected, loved by Jebus, and just all around better than others.

  • Butch

    Maybe if your pizza were actually edible you wouldn’t be looking at losses.

  • Bluto
  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT but not by much: ICE agents are whining that they don’t get to do whatever they want. Also, snowflakes.

    “According to the website, “ICE Officers grudgingly admit that the only President they ever endorsed hasn’t kept his word, and many officers now feel betrayed.” The leader of the Council, Chris Crain, wrote an open letter to the president, telling him that the members feel they’ve been “stabbed in the back.”

    It’s four single-spaced pages of complaints (which is a mistake since we know that Trump does not read long reports) about various minutiae, including a long discussion about some ICE managers who “publicly shamed an ICE officer in the public parking lot of the sheriff’s office where he worked.” Crain requests that the president “issue a zero-tolerance policy that includes the immediate termination of any ICE supervisor who engages in a public shaming of ICE officers.”

    • Tawreos

      Dear Leader hasn’t made it nearly enough of a police state for these assholes huh? Well that is mildly terrifying.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        They just want to run wild. They don’t even want to be disciplined by their own superiors. I often use this statement but I think some cadaver dogs should be sniffing around some of these guys’ houses.

      • jerry

        If that agency wasn’t bad enough before, this past year they’ve gone on a hiring spree with a lack of qualified candidates. Many of the people who’ve been hired couldn’t pass the requirements to be a local town cop or deputy sheriff.

    • Sporkfighter

      Public insults and shaming is who Trump, what he does. It’s not a trick in his bag, it is the bag.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Oh, suck it up, fuckface.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Did the SS whine to HR when they got stabbed in the back???

    • kaydenpat

      ICE is literally grabbing children out of hospitals to deport. What more power do they want? Scary dudes.

    • Paula

      Do they think he really meant all that shit he said?

  • Sam_Handwich

    hubs used to work for a pizza chain. he HATED days with a Patriots games … tho the delivery people loved it, they would make out like bandits with tips

  • Adam King

    Maybe they should reexamine their business plan of selling people cardboard and chemicals and pretending it’s food.

    • Bambino

      When Papa John sees their customers as termites…..

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Support your local pizzeria. Pizza shouldn’t suck at all.

  • Glenn E Ross

    He still owes the world an apology for calling his product pizza.

    • kaydenpat

      Is it really that bad? Lol.

      • Glenn E Ross

        I live in Chicago. Yes, it’s that bad.

  • Bambino

    Dear Keurig smashers. Did you notice we did not purchase any pizza so we can burn it or trash it to be display on our social media?

    • Boreal

      I wouldn’t eat that pizza if it were free.

      • Bambino

        It’s only when you want to prank your friends and coworkers.

        • Sporkfighter

          It’s the pizza equivalent of the fake rubber dog turd found in any reputable joke shop.

          • Bambino

            I bet they get plenty of business from the entertainment industry. They need the pizza as prop of a scene. It will last many cuts and reshoot of long hours in a studio setting.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            True. Most situations, you can’t use actual food.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Too little too late, your grousing about providing employee benefits did it for me. You can find money to fix up your Camero elsewhere.

  • Scoot

    “We sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive.”

    For the millionth time, “I’m sorry if you were offended” is not an apology.

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    My dislike of the Papa John’s brand goes back to the health care debates. In an email letter to their corporate offices I’d asked why Papa John’s was able to successfully do business in Canada where there was a single payer health care system but they were unwilling to support their American customer by coming out strongly against a health care bill (the ACA) which was only a modest attempt to address our health insurance crisis. The blow back from Americans was hurting their business. They apologized, made similar statements to the ones we’re reading today and I went back to being a loyal customer.
    No more. I’m done.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Don’t look at me.”

      — the fatted calf

    • CJAS

      That and systemically cheating employees out of millions in overtime wages.

    • jerry

      Similar to pharmaceuticals, they don’t want to give up their extra profit margin in the US.

  • Do Something Nice

    We believe in the right to protest only when it affects our sales.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Blake Shelton was named Peoples Sexiest Person Alive??????

    What is wrong with straight people?

    • Adam King

      His publicist paid the most.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Yeah, smacks of payola.

    • You did see our last major election right?

      • gaycuckhubby

        Good point

    • David L. Caster

      No taste in men.

  • kelven

    Gotta love they decide to alienate the only demographic that embraced them. Now the only people who will buy Papa Johns “Pizza” will be by accident.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      The last Pizza on Earth.

    • Barry William Teske

      Waiting to happen.

  • safari

    It is good to know you can always count on people like this douche and Hannity to keep their most important values intact: their greed.

  • ChrisMorley


    North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’ for insulting Kim Jong-un

    – Regime-run newspaper says US president is ‘hideous criminal’ after he said North was a ‘cruel dictatorship’ and Kim ‘short and fat’

    ‘The editorial also took a dig at Trump’s failure to tour the demilitarised zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas – a traditional stop-off for senior US officials visiting the South.
    Trump’s helicopter taking him to the DMZ had turned back after just five minutes due to bad weather – an explanation the newspaper dismissed.
    “It wasn’t the weather,” the editorial said: “He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”

  • worstcultever

    Hope the brand never recovers. Millions and millions of people will abandon it for good. This arrogant moron made the same mistake as Dumpy – thinking that Dumpyism is way more popular than it is, and that the Fox/Breitcorpse bubble is the same as reality.

    Or as Tanya Tucker so rockingly put it –

    I was up all night wonderin’ what to do
    thinkin’ that I ought to just forget about you
    but it’s a little too late

    • djcoastermark

      Back in early 2000, I had 1 once. Thought it was bad. Gave it a 2nd chance a year later. Just as bad. I abandoned it . A long long time ago. (in a galaxy far far away from what is today)

  • Can you say “cover my ass”?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Cover my ass in Papa John’s sauce and eat me like your mother-in-law’s soup.

  • Kelly Lape

    Hmm a solution? A start would be contributing to “their” causes. As a conservative voice Papa John’s CEO (what’s his name? lets just call him…) Asshole, can be a positive voice for change within conservative circles (why would liberals give a fuck what he says). A strong conservative voice DEMANDING that every death by cop be taken as that cop failing in their job – A cop’s job is to apprehend not murder citizens. The dead citizen is the only one with “presumed innocence” – Cop’s killing citizens should NEVER be rewarded with a vacation. They must be put on unpaid leave (if found justified I’m willing to allow them back pay) – The commission set up to review every death by cop MUST be answerable to the citizens in the neighborhood where the death occurred (not a larger area).

    • CJAS

      It’s weird how what you suggest is substantive and reasonable yet so far beyond what I can imagine happening.

      • Kelly Lape

        This is me attempting to be reasonable. An honest examination of what it would take for ME to buy one of their pizzas. IF they did this, I’d buy one.

  • goofy_joe

    To the Board: This guy hurts your business, not the protests or the Democrats. It’s time for Papa John to leave.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Your dofus CEO backs a “Law & Order” white nationalist president. Somehow I doubt your board has suddenly become members of BLM.

  • Dayglo

    Apologize for the quality of your miserably bland and uninspired “pizza,” worse even than those dry 3am slices you’ll find at any 7-Eleven counter. Apologize for your disdain for customers and contempt for your employees.

  • Mike C

    Too late.

  • margaretpoa

    The fucking idiot said the same thing when he said he would have to fire people over Obama care. When he got called on it, he wrote a piece on Huffington Post claiming that he never actually said that. He got eviscerated in the comments. Apparently wingers never learn. He never fully recovered from that and he won’t from this.

  • Reality.Bites

    I guess I have to add Papa John’s to that list of fast foods I’ve never eaten and now never will along with Chik-fil-a.

    They have some local outlets, but not many, but I was aware the product wasn’t especially good so never had the right combination of being nearby and being in a weird mood.

    I have enough reasons to feel guilty about what I eat. I don’t need to look for extras.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I’ve never had Chik-fil-a and never will. We have had our share of Papa John’s over the years as it is often the only place that delivers. I can’t eat the crust and my family won’t get anything but pepperoni. I make personal pizzas at home so I can eat the crust ( tortilla or Naan ) and have all the yummy things I want. The family has grown to love my pizza so much that we don’t order pizza out any longer.

      • Paula

        Show off. 😛. 🙂🙂

  • Snarkaholic

    I badmouth players who take a knee
    I never knew you’d all be so pissed at me
    I’m so dumb I’ll pretend to bash each Nazi
    Bombed at spin control, I don’t know how
    But sales are down; I guess I’ll say ‘sorry’ now!

  • kaydenpat

    How mighty White of him. NFL players don’t need his suggestions or input going forward. Who does he think he is? I can see why he’s a Trump supporter.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Maybe we can all do what i want to do.”

  • GayOldLady

    Terrible Ingredients
    Terrible Pizza
    Papa John’s

    • Bj Lincoln

      That cheese burger pizza is awful! I friend ordered it and 3 of the 4 of us spit it out. I didn’t even try it. He called and told them he wanted his money back. They did send a pie of his liking to replace the crap in the trash.

      • GayOldLady

        It’s awful. I’d rather eat a frozen pizza than Papa John’s.

    • edrex

      you’re a modern basho.

    • -M-

      Terrible people.

  • Taylor Bixler
  • TJay229

    White people are strange.

    If Black people protest by Marching… They’re mad.
    If Black People protest by Sitting… They’re mad.
    If Black People protest by Singing… They’re mad.
    Now they’re mad cause Black people are kneeling… They have lost their damn minds.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Yes they have.

  • JAKvirginia

    Lousy pizza. Stupid jerk. Pooper John’s.

  • Barry William Teske

    Are these people for real?
    They act like they are a trillion dollar company, and yes, I am pointing at you Tim Cook and Apple. Ready to hold anyone and anything hostage until the price is right.

  • TheManicMechanic

    It might also have something to do with making pizza that tastes worse than the box it comes in.

  • HZ81

    Pap should concentrate on making shitty pizza only edible when drunk and shut the fuck up.

  • Ninja0980

    Go fuck yourself you right wing asshole.
    And take your crappy tasting pizza with you.

    • Joe in PA

      kinda sums it all up. 🙂

      • Lumpy Gaga

        142 comments just work out mathematically to Ninja’s call.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I love it when right wingers shit their pants. Remember Chick-fil-A? Remember COORS? Remember Minutemaid? And many more.

  • David

    It’s still overpriced shit pizza, and you’re still a wingnut douchebag.
    So nothing has changed.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Wait! You mean being on the wrong side of history has consequences??? You don’t say.

    Suck on it Papa Douche, you’re pizza is shit…just like your obvious fauxpology.

  • Galvestonian

    …not a very good pizza to begin with.

  • kareemachan

    Two words: FUCK OFF.

  • RealityBass

    The tweets really should have mentioned that Schnatter is a lying sack of shit.

  • clay

    This non-apology won’t stop the NFL’s investigation of the Dallas Cowboy’s owner paying him to attack Roger Goodell.

  • The_Wretched

    Tweets aren’t PR. Sorry / not sorry but this is a bigger hole than a simple oopsy.

  • Dayglo

    I still haven’t reconciled with Pizza Hut over these affronts —

  • iambu

    I kind of don’t care if you’re sorry, PJ’s. Like, the thing is, you just now realized that it’s bad for business to act trumpy, and that’s just plain stupid. I don’t want stupid people making my pizza. I’d be concerned about whether or not you know where the cheese goes…

    • LeeCMH

      Or comes from.

  • KevInPDX

    I never turn my back on “good” pizza (local example- School House Pizza, Olympia, WA). His crap doesn’t even pass a pizza to me. Gak!

  • Pip

    Nice try, but if these statements were anywhere near true it wouldn’t have taken this long to release them. The only thing that prompted it was the losses they’ve taken lately.

    I’ll stick with Big Bill’s New York Pizza Deli, thanks.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    It’s interesting that his sales are hurting because of the NFL when all his competitors are up in sales. Maybe he needs a refresher course in how to run a restaurant business.

  • JohnMyroro

    Racists and Trumpists need pizza too, you know. They can order Papa John’s while wearing their New Balance shoes.

  • 1980Gardener

    I don’t understand what Papa Johns is apologizing for…

  • Snarky

    Pizza Schmuck doesn’t seem to have learned that he fucked up by inserting himself into someone else’s protest, because he’s doing it again.

    NFL players don’t need your permission to protest, Schnatter. You aren’t interested in “a positive way forward.” You’re interested in declining sales.

    Protest is supposed to make some people uncomfortable. That’s how things change. No crappy-pizza salesman has ever changed the world.

  • Nowhereman

    He really sucks. So does his pizza–or so I’ve been told. Many fine people are saying that. Many many people.

  • LeeCMH

    I really don’t care about Papa John Schnatter or his company.

    In my area, we have plenty of local pizza restaurants serving far better food, without the politics.

  • Blobby

    their decline is sales completely equates to the quality of the product they sell. It’s some of the shittiest pizza I have ever had. …..and it’s tough to make BAD pizza, but they’ve succeeded