Papa John’s and NFL end sponsorship deal three months after anthem row

first_imgNFL Pizza company Papa John’s has ended its official sponsorship of the NFL three months after its CEO blamed sluggish sales on players kneeling during the national anthem.In November, John Schnatter said “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” and that the protests aimed at racial injustice in the States “should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.” The company later apologized after white supremacists praised Schnatter’s comments and said: “We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players’ movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe, as Americans, we should honor our anthem.” US sports Share on WhatsApp Schnatter, who was the face of the pizza chain and appeared in adverts alongside stars such as Peyton Manning, left his role in January. On Monday, Papa John’s and the NFL released a joint statement, saying the pizza company would continue relationships with individual teams.“The NFL and Papa John’s have made a mutual decision to shift from their official league sponsorship to a focus on partnerships with 22 local NFL teams, presence in broadcast and digital media, and key personalities in the sport,” read the statement. Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Papa John’s Pizza (@PapaJohns)We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all. Except neo-nazis — 🖕those guys. (3/3)November 15, 2017 Since you’re here… Share on Twittercenter_img Topics Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content newslast_img

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