Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter resigns after attacking NFL anthem protests in a rant during a November 1 earnings conference call, when he blamed sagging sales on the black players protesting police brutality and racism.

Schnatter apologized for his statements two weeks later after white supremacists praised his attack on the black players. The Kentucky-based company distanced itself from the racist group saying it didn’t want them purchasing their pizza.

The AP reports Schnatter will step down from that post effective Jan. 1, and Steve Ritchie will become the new CEO.

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