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Papa Johns Founder Will Resign After Criticizing The NFL

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The founder of Papa Johns pizza announced he would be resigning in January, months after he publicly criticized the National Football League for the way it dealt with players protesting the national anthem.

Papa Johns announced Wednesday that founder and CEO John Schnatter would be resigning from his position as CEO and replaced by chief operating officer Steve Ritchie Jan. 1, the Associated Press reports.

The announcement comes two months after Schnatter blasted the NFL and the league’s “poor leadership” after the company’s future sales predictions significantly sunk from 4 percent to 1.5 percent. (RELATED: Papa John’s Rolls Back Criticism Of NFL Anthem Protests)

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“We are totally disappointed that the NFL and its leadership did not resolve the ongoing situation to the satisfaction of all parties long ago,” Schnatter said on a phone call with investors in November. “This should have been nipped in the butt a year and a half ago,” Schnatter continued, “Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership.”

Schnatter will still remain chairman of the company, but will most likely no longer be featured in his signature Papa Johns commercials.

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