The backlash to Papa John’s chief executive blaming disappointing pizza sales on NFL players’ protests came swiftly on social media.

Some called John Schnatter, the chain’s founder, a racist for scapegoating black football players protesting racial injustice. They made fun of the way his pizza tastes. They threatened to boycott.
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The controversy, ignited by Schnatter’s comments during a call with investors Wednesday, is unlikely to inflict any long-lasting damage on Papa John’s corporate image or even profits, some marketing experts say.

People get upset and the outrage lasts for a week. These kinds of things blow over, said Lakshman Krishnamurthi, a marketing professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off the protests against police brutality K.J. Wright Youth jersey of black Americans more than a year ago by sitting, then kneeling, during the national anthem. He has since become a free agent and has been effectively blackballed from the league, an outcome that inspired many African American football fans to boycott the NFL this season.

Cavs guard JR Smith said Lue and his coaching staff are not to blame.

Authentic Youth Mattias Janmark Jersey I mean, they can’t go out there and play for us, Smith told ESPN when asked about the staff’s effectiveness. If they come up with the schemes and we execute those schemes to a T and we’re still losing at a certain point and time, they can make their adjustments. But we’re just not executing offensively or defensively.
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The Vikings are the NFC’s second seed but given the vulnerability of the Carson Wentz-less Eagles, they enter the postseason as the conference’s likely Super Bowl favorite. They were 7-1 at U.S. Bank Stadium during the regular season and they will attempt to become the first team to play a Super Bowl at home. The defense is very good and QB Case Keenum amazed all season.

Papa John’s declined to make Schnatter available for an interview.

Other company officials said during the earnings call the NFL protests have hit Papa John’s harder than its competitors because of its close relationship with the league. Papa John’s began its partnership with the league in 2010. In addition to being the official pizza of the NFL, it has deals with 23 of the 32 teams.

Clearly, if you’re the number one recognized partner with the NFL two years running, you’re going to have a more significant impact from a partnership association, said Steve Ritchie, Papa John’s president and chief operating officer.

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