Papa John’s apologized Tuesday night for comments made by Chief Executive John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
The company tweeted a statement offering to “work with the players and league to find a positive way forward.”
“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,” it said. “That definitely was not our intention.
Papa John’s added that it is “open to ideas from all. Except neo-Nazis.” It has previously tried to distance itself from white supremacists who praised Schnatter’s comments, saying it does not want those groups to buy its pizza.
The company’s stock has fallen by nearly 13% since Schnatter’s comments.