Papa Johns management claimed on an earnings conference call earlier today that the NFL national anthem protests are hurting the company’s sales and CEO John Schnatter blamed NFL “leadership” for the “current debacle”:

Or maybe sales declined because the pizza isn’t that good?

Are other advertisers seeing the same decline?

Regardless, many on Twitter are calling out Papa Johns for criticizing the protests:

But this is a little over-the-top:

Over-the-top, but predictable.