Papa John’s sorry for attack on NFL protests that attracted white supremacist praise

first_imgShare via Email Major NFL sponsor Papa John’s says player protests have harmed company Since you’re here… US sports Share on WhatsApp Papa John’s has apologized for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.The company is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, and Schnatter said on an earnings this month that “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” and that the protests “should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”But on Tuesday night, the company tweeted a statement on offering to “work with the players and league to find a positive way forward.” Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Topics Share on Messenger NFL Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Papa John’s Pizza (@PapaJohns)We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all. Except neo-nazis — 🖕those guys. (3/3)November 15, 2017 Read more The movement was started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled to protest what he said was police mistreatment of blacks. More players began kneeling after President Donald Trump said at an Alabama rally last month that team owners should get rid of players who protest during the anthem. Schnatter donated to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.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. news “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.“We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players’ movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe, as Americans, we should honor our anthem. There is a way to do both.”last_img read more

Quebec Revenue Department targets Montreal World Film Festival for unpaid taxes

first_imgMONTREAL – The fate of the long-beleaguered Montreal World Film Festival is unclear as Quebec’s Revenue Department targets the event and its founder for unpaid taxes.Revenu Quebec filed a motion in court on Thursday seeking an injunction to prevent the 42nd edition of the festival from going ahead because Serge Losique owes back taxes.The festival is scheduled to open Aug. 23 and the court has given Losique until Aug. 1 to pay an initial $32,000.Losique told the court he would respond to the order by the deadline.Authorities say a total of nearly $500,000 is owed in back taxes.For years the festival has been under pressure after losing sponsors as well as significance in the international film community.In 2016, many employees resigned, citing Losique’s “incompetent leadership.”(Cogeco Nouvelles)last_img read more