Papa John's: We didn't mean to be 'divisive' on National Football League protests

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At the beginning of the month, Papa John's company founder and CEO John Schnatter came out of nowhere and blasted the NFL for not doing anything to stop players from protesting during the National Anthem, because it was bad for their business.

But on Tuesday night, Papa John's official Twitter account published a string of tweets addressing their statements on that earnings call. "That definitely was not our intention", the company tweeted Tuesday.

The controversy first started on November 1 when on a conference call with shareholders Schnatter voiced his disgust about the ongoing anthem protests and said that they are killing his pizza business during National Football League games.

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"This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago", Schnatter said on a conference call with investors.

"We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players' movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe, as Americans, we should honor our anthem There should be a way to do both".

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.

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The chain then used an emoji for the middle finger, "those guys". While it's not required, Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear he wants players to stand.

Shares of Papa John's stock are down almost 12 percent since the earnings call.

According to Papa John's Spokesman Peter Collins, the company tweeted these statements because they failed to adequately convey their true sentiments two weeks ago.

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