"The statements made on our earnings call were describing the factors that impact our business and we sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive".
Papa John's added that they support the players' right to protest inequality, and that they believe there is a way to "create a new platform for change" and "honor our anthem" at the same time.
"The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players' and owners' satisfaction", Schnatter said in an earnings call on November 1, via Bloomberg.
During the call with investors in early November, Schnatter said that the company, which has an exclusive partnership with the National Football League, was "totally disappointed" by the organization's leadership.
"The NFL has hurt us", he said earlier this month, per Darren Rovell of ESPN.
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While he ponders his own future as the Dark Knight , the actor does see a timeliness in Justice League's arrival now. Adds Gadot: "People planned on making this movie 10 years ago, and even 20 years ago, and it just never happened.
Papa John's sought to distance itself from the political far-right movement that has associated itself with the pizza chain, following controversial remarks from CEO John Schnatter, who previously railed against NFL players' national-anthem demonstrations.
"Leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership", Schnatter said.
"We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward". Open to ideas from all.
"We posted this today because it became obvious over the last week people didn't understand our position", Papa John's spokesman Peter Collins said Tuesday. The NFL has been a long and valued partner over the years.
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