2 Weeks After Bashing Anthem Kneelers, Papa John’s Has Change Of Heart And Apologizes To Liberals

A little while back, Papa John’s came out and said that earnings had taken a hit due to the NFL’s strange decision to let players sit, kneel, or hide in the locker room during the national anthem.

From CBS News:

Sales growth at Papa John’s (PZZA) is slowing, and the pizza chain is blaming it on the outcry surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem and falling NFL ratings.

The company, which is a sponsor and advertiser of the NFL, said customers have a negative view of the chain’s association with the NFL. The company also cut its earnings growth expectations for the year and Papa John’s stock fell about 10 percent Wednesday.

“NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders,” said the chain’s CEO, John Schnatter, in a call with analysts Wednesday. “This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”

That’s not farfetched. The NFL’s image has definitely taken a hit which surely affects some of their major sponsors. Papa John’s was also correct that the problem should have been nipped in the bud a long time ago.

Sadly, Papa John’s changed its tune this week. Now, they are apologizing.

From Twitchy:

Earlier this month, Papa John’s management claimed on an earnings conference call that the NFL national anthem protests had hurt the company’s sales. CEO John Schnatter blamed NFL leadership for the “current debacle.”

Of course, barely a day had passed before sites like ThinkProgress were publishing headlines like, “Papa John’s CEO blames black athletes for disappointing pizza sales.”

Now, two weeks later, Papa John’s is saying that it is open to working with players and the league — anyone but neo-Nazis — to find a “positive way forward.”

Disappointing to say the least.

That neo-nazi reference at the end makes it clear that they caved to political pressure from radical leftist groups. Those are the only groups who reference or even think about neo-nazis. In fact, the only reason neo-nazis have any spot at the table is because liberal groups give them so much attention and credibility. If the liberal media took the camera off of David Duke he would go away. The reality is they don’t want him to go away because they use him as a boogeyman to scare people away from conservatives. It’s insane. However, there are a lot of impressionable people out there who eat it up.

The funny thing is that liberals are mad at Papa John’s still.

For example, only an irrational liberal who has no grasp on history would say the following.

Neo-Nazi pizza? Get a grip man.

Also, there was this gem.

Obviously, Real Jules, has no idea what she’s talking about.

You don’t get to just pick and choose what you are disrespecting when you sit for the anthem. You are insulting whatever people perceive you are insulting. And on top of that, if it wasn’t a protest of the country then you wouldn’t do it during the two minute window specically alotted to honor our country. You’d do it during the game or at halftime or off the field somewhere. So that’s just silly.

Papa John’s made the wrong move here. They caved to liberal agitators who have no interest in a rational conversation. Anyone who calls another person a Nazi simply for having a different opinion on standing for the anthem is not someone who is playing with a full deck.  The unhinged left in this country needs to be ignored and it’s a shame that Papa John’s was only able to do that for a couple weeks.

Now, we will have to see what conservatives decide to do with their cash.  This could end up making it worse. Now both sides are mad at the company.