Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder asked me to fire Goodell: ex-Papa John's CEO

Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder asked me to fire Goodell: ex-Papa John’s CEO

Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder reportedly wanted their favorite pizza delivery boy to fire Roger Goodell.

John Schnatter – the former CEO of Papa John’s, who effectively punched the NFL commissioner before resigning in disgrace – recently opened up to Sportscasting and appeared to confirm suspicions that some of the NFL’s most powerful owners wanted Goodell out.

In November 2017, Schnatter called out Goodell on a conference call, blaming Papa John’s stock drop on NFL protests during the national anthems. TV ratings were down and some felt the kneeling was to blame.

“The leadership of the NFL hurt the shareholders of Papa John’s,” Schnatter said then of Goodell, who didn’t stop players from taking a knee in protest against racism and police brutality.

Former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter claims Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder asked him to fire the NFL commissioner in 2017.
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In his first known public comments on that conference call, the former face of Papa John’s, the NFL’s longtime official pizza sponsor, suggested that Cowboys owners and Washington commanders told Schnatter to attempt publicly about getting Goodell fired.

“They called me and said, ‘You have to take this guy out,'” Schnatter told Sportscasting late last month. “’You are the No. 1 sponsor in the league, in terms of awareness, acceptance and association. Everybody love you, they love Peyton [Manning, a Papa John’s sponsor]. We hate Goodell.

In Schnatter’s version of events, he declined Jones and Synder’s wishes, saying, “It’s not my job to fire your commissioner. It works for you. So, according to Schnatter, he was softer, simply calling for leadership, but it was presented as a direct shot nonetheless.

Eventually, Goodell got his lucrative extension anyway in 2017, and Schnatter resigned from his top job at Papa John’s in 2018 after using the N-word during a conference call.

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