As Twitchy told you yesterday, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter blamed “NFL leadership” for the “current debacle,” which he claimed has resulted in decreased pizza sales. Now, the merit of his argument is certainly up for debate. But according to ThinkProgress, his intent was crystal-clear:

Here’s the headline:

Adam Peck concludes:

The fast food industry is full of conservative boogeymen. Ronald McDonald has been the poster child (poster clown?) for opposition to a livable wage. Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants (which owns brands like Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.), was Donald Trump’s pick to serve as Labor Secretary before he withdrew from consideration after video emerged of his former wife accusing him of spousal abuse. Chick-Fil-A faced a national boycott after company’s president came out as a virulent homophobe.

Papa John’s, as it turns out, is really no different.

And Peck’s evidence for Schnatter’s flaming racism? Well, he seems to have left that out.