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Papa John's Apologizes for Blaming Poor Sales on NFL Player Protests

Two weeks after Papa John's CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL and player protests for its declining sales, the company has released a statement on Twitter clarifying its position:

This comes after Schnatter questioned the league's leadership for not preventing protests during the national anthem.

"The NFL has hurt us," he said earlier this month, per Darren Rovell of ESPN. "We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this."

"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," he added, apparently calling out commissioner Roger Goodell.