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.
Reaction on Twitter:
Trump supporting John Schnatter, the founder and CEO of the pizza chain Papa John's, is stepping down from his position after he made comments about NFL protests during the national anthem that sparked a wave of white supremacist support for the brand. #PapaJohns pic.twitter.com/fKW2Sz5Bj2
— Alamo_on_the_rise (@AlamoOnTheRise) December 22, 2017
Papa Johns is struggling because their pizza looks like this pic.twitter.com/3vBy43vgTY
— Contrarian Necessitarian (@basquiatball) December 21, 2017
— B. Steve White (@bstevewhite) December 22, 2017
Basic lesson in corporate fiduciary duty: Board of Papa Johns fired CEO. It means shareholders were PISSED because share value dropped due to CONSUMERS choosing not to buy pizza from a alt-right sympathizer. Want to get back at corporation? USE. YOUR. WALLET. /rant
— Terry Shull (@TerilynnS) December 22, 2017
The Papa Johns CEO stepping down because black people arent supporting Papa Johns any more should be a clear message to all companies who choose to disrespect black people
— SAVOY (@thesavoyshow) December 22, 2017
Papa John saw what happens when you promote bigotry by supporting the same racially motivated attacks that Trump carries out and I am continuing to ask all patriots of the #Resistance to pledge their continued support in boycotting Papa Johns.
RT to spread. pic.twitter.com/aFEJVNc23W
— Jacob Gil (@jacob4kids) December 22, 2017