Papa John's flips the bird to neo-Nazis in fiery statement on Twitter

Two weeks later, Papa John's apologizes for saying anthem protests have hurt their pizza sales

Two weeks later, Papa John's apologizes for saying anthem protests have hurt their pizza sales

With controversy around the national anthem protests percolating, Papa John's CEO John Schnatter said on the November 1 call, "The NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders".

In a series of Twitter posts, the official pizza company of the NFL reiterated that the business challenges related to the league did impact its own business, but the company backtracked on Schnatter's opinion at the time that player protests "should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago".

Papa John's sought to distance itself from the far-right movement after its controversial response to national anthem protests from several NFL players. We also believe together, as Americans, we should honor our anthem.

"The NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders".

A third tweet from the company said that going forward, it will work with the National Football League and its players to "find a positive way forward", and is open to ideas from all, "except neo-nazis" - throwing in a middle finger emoji.

"Leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership", Schnatter said.

Apparently Papa John's doesn't believe two weeks is too late to say sorry. The NFL has been a long and valued partner over the years.

That last sentence is in reference to a supremacist website saying the company is the official pizza of the alt-right after Schnatter made his comments. "Except neo-nazis -[middle finger] those guys", read the third tweet.