The oldsters at Papa John’s Pizza appear to have realized struggle with the NFL wasn’t one they have been going to win.

After the pizza restaurant’s CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for declining gross sales two weeks in the past, the official league sponsor launched a press release Tuesday backing off the preliminary feedback.

The statements made on our earnings name have been describing the elements that affect our enterprise and we sincerely apologize to anybody that thought they have been divisive. That positively was not our intention.

We consider in the best to protest inequality and help the gamers’ motion to create a brand new platform for change. We additionally consider collectively, as Individuals, we should always honor our anthem. There’s a technique to do each.

We are going to work with the gamers and league to discover a constructive means ahead. Open to concepts from all…

Schnatter is thought to be a buddy of Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones, who has reportedly threatened to sue the league over present contract negotiations with commissioner Roger Goodell.

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