- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2017

Papa John’s is telling hate groups to buy their pizza elsewhere after white supremacists rallied behind the pizza chain over the CEO’s comments slamming the NFL.

John Schnatter, the CEO and face of Papa John’s Pizza, an official NFL sponsor, last week criticized the league’s leadership in handling the national anthem protests, saying the controversy had negatively affected pizza sales.

“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Mr. Schnatter said Wednesday. “The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country.”

Mr. Schnatter’s comments earned the endorsement of white supremacist website The Daily Stormer, which asked if Papa John’s should now be considered the “official pizza of the alt-right.”

“This is great,” blogger Adrian Sol wrote. “It’s starting to make economic sense to be pro-White, even for these [anti-Semitic slur], evil corporations.”

Peter Collins, senior director of public relations at Papa John’s, said the company was surprised by the endorsement.

“We condemn racism in all forms and any and all hate groups that support it,” Mr. Collins told the Louisville Courier Journal. “We do not want these individuals or groups to buy our pizza.”

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