It looks like the NFL protest debacle has taken another victim – Papa John’s founder, John Schnatter is stepping down as CEO of the company.
The controversial founder and CEO of Papa John’s, John Schnatter, is stepping down, the company announced Thursday.
The company said its current president, Steve Ritchie, would replace him.
Schnatter sparked controversy in November when he slammed NFL leadership over players’ kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said in a call with investors.
The CEO’s statements quickly inspired backlash on the left and support on the right. The Daily Stormer, a white-supremacist website, even posted an article asking whether Papa John’s was the “official pizza of the alt-right” — the chain responded that it did not want “hate groups” buying its pizza.
Now, it’s hard to say just how much the NFL debacle is to blame for his exit, but it happened just a few weeks back, and boy was it a mess. All the alt-right weirdos started ordering Papa John’s to thank them for criticizing the NFL, and then they condemned the alt-right. Good job guys!