Papa John‘s has been at the center of controversy over the last few weeks. It all stems from a quarterly earnings phone call that featured the company’s CEO, John Schattner. At one point, Schattner stated his belief that the recent protests in the NFL had a hand in the company’s stock going down by 24 percent over the last year, with the pizza magnate saying the protests “should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”
The soundbite led to a strange turn of events for the company, as white supremacists and Nazis began embracing the chain as their official pizza, with Papa John’s responding by asking those people to stop buying their product.
On Tuesday night, the company’s official Twitter account weighed in on the whole ordeal. It started by apologizing for Schattner’s comments before saying that it believes there is a way to protest inequality while still honoring the national anthem.
It then talked about how it wants to work with everyone to find a way to accomplish this, as long as those people are not neo-nazis. The Twitter account used an emoji to express its thoughts on those who rallied around their pizza last week.
Papa John’s seems like it wants to work with the league, even if it was a bit vague on how it plans on doing that. The only thing we do know is that the company wants to distance itself from Nazis in any way that it can.