Major NFL sponsor Papa John’s says player protests have harmed company

  • Pizza company says matter should have been ‘nipped in the bud’
  • Founder John Schnatter donated to Donald Trump’s campaign

Papa John’s, the official pizza of the NFL, and one of the league’s major sponsors says poor leadership over the player protests are hurting its sales.

Players have been protesting during and before the anthem this season to highlight social and racial injustice in the United States. Papa John’s has pulled many of its ads around NFL games and says sales estimates for the next quarter are being revised downwards.

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