Papa John’s says it rejects the endorsement of a white-supremacist publication that has claimed the company as its official pizza-maker.
“We condemn racism in all forms and any and all hate groups that support it,” Peter Collins, the senior director of public relations at Papa John’s, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday.
“We do not want these individuals or groups to buy our pizza,” he added of the recent The Daily Stormer endorsement.
Newsweek reported last Friday that The Stormer had posted a picture of a pizza with a swastika created with pepperoni slices the day before.
The image’s caption read, “Papa John: Official pizza of the alt-right?” and Stormer writer Adrian Sol wrote a related article about the company’s issues with the National Football League (NFL).
“This might be the first time ever in modern history that a major institution is going to be completely destroyed explicitly because of public outrage over their anti-white agenda,” he said of the NFL.
“The Negro fatigue caused by this whole NFL fiasco is reaching heights that even I didn’t fully expect,” Sol added.
The founder of Papa John’s International Inc. last week said that the NFL’s ongoing national anthem protests have damaged the company’s pizza sales.
“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” John Schnatter said during a Nov. 1 conference call.
“NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders,” added Schnatter, who is also the chain’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Papa John’s shares fell the most in eight months on Nov. 1 after third-quarter same-store sales missed business analysts’ estimates.
The Louisville, Kentucky-based company also trimmed its revenue and profit predictions for the year.
Papa John’s has been the NFL’s official pizza sponsor since 2010, but the league’s ratings are down this year amid controversy over the anthem demonstrations.
Scores of NFL employees have knelt during the national anthem since President Trump derided the move in September.
Trump called on the NFL to fire its employees who perform the gesture, and he has since argued it is unpatriotic.
Former San Francisco 49errs quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2016 to protest against America’s racial injustice.
The display has since spread throughout the NFL and even other professional sports organizations since Kaepernick first popularized it.