Former Papa John's CEO claims NFL team owners asked him to fire Roger Goodell

Former Papa John’s CEO claims NFL team owners asked him to fire Roger Goodell

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Former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter spoke to Sportscasting late last month about a 2017 situation in which he claimed Washington Commanders team owner Daniel Snyder and owner of the Dallas Cowboys team Jerry Jones wanted him to fire NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the height of the Nationals. anthem controversy.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and John Schnatter attend DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City.
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The New York Post noted that Schnatter at the time was feuding with Goodell and blamed him for Papa John’s stock drop. Schnatter was against kneeling players during the national anthem.

Schnatter told Sportscasting he told Snyder and Jones it was not his job to oust Goodell.

“…Remember, Goodell is a coward and he’s incompetent. And he’s just lucky. Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner Indra Nooyi [former CEO] with PepsiCo, and Dan Snyder all called me – several other people – about Goodell’s conduct and how he was handling it. Jones and Dan Snyder… wanted Goodell fired. It’s like… the first of November, the end of October.

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on before the Las Vegas Raiders play against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on October 4, 2021 in Inglewood, California.

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“They called and said, ‘You have to take this guy out. You are the league’s number one sponsor in terms of awareness, acceptance and association. Everybody loves you, they love Peyton [Manning]. We hate Goodell.”

Schnatter added, “I said, ‘No. It’s not my job to fire your commissioner. It works for you. I just sell pizza. I have a small business family that, you know, probably 35% of our NFL spend, it’s down 20%. This behavior of not resolving the issue to the satisfaction of owners and players is causing me and my franchisees a lot of trouble. And it’s been going on for two seasons now… I got a free shot from two owners to personally take on Goodell. I didn’t pursue him in a vicious, venomous way. I just said, ‘Hey, grow up, be a leader and solve the problem so my small business owners stop taking it on the chin.'”

Goodell would go on to sign another contract. He reportedly asked for nearly $50 million a year in addition to lifetime use of a private jet.

Dan Snyder, center, co-owner and co-CEO of the Washington Commanders, adjusts his mask as he arrives to unveil his NFL football team's new identity, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Maryland.

Dan Snyder, center, co-owner and co-CEO of the Washington Commanders, adjusts his mask as he arrives to unveil his NFL football team’s new identity, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Maryland.
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Schnatter eventually resigned as chairman after he was heard saying the N-word during a conference call.

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