Papa John's CEO Steps Down
The buzz this football season was Colin Kaepernick’s courageous and insightful decision to use his NFL platform to protest the racial injustice Black Americans face. Celebrities like P.Diddy, Trey Songz, J.Cole, and many others salute Colin on his decision and support him in any way they can. However, his particular form of protest, is also receiving some backlash from NFL owners. One particular critic was Papa John’s founder, chairman, and CEO John Schnatter, who had to stop down recently due to his racist comments.
Schnatter shared comments last month about how the “take a knee” protest, led by Black American players, had “hurt” the franchise. He stated that, “not solving the debacle to the players and owners satisfaction, NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders. Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership”. Of course, many pizza eaters were outraged by these racist remarks, while white supremacists were looking to make Papa John’s the official pizza of alternate night.
The company released a statement saying that,”We condemn racism in all forms and any and all hate groups that surround me”. John Schnatter has since stepped down from his position as CEO and Steve Richie, the company’s chief operating officer, will work as CEO starting on January 1st.