When Papa Johns CEO John Schnatter blasted the NFLs leadership under Commissioner Roger Goodell, attention immediately turned to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who also owns 120 Papa Johns franchises. Was Jones, who has his own problems with Goodell, behind Schnatters comments?
In a radio appearance today, Jones said nothing to distance himself from that kind of speculation.
Asked about his connection to Schnatter, Jones expressed deep admiration for him and indicated that he agrees with Schnatter that the NFLs leadership hasnt done a good enough job of dealing with the ongoing national anthem controversy.
The facts are that Ive spent my life, the last 28 to 30 years of my life, being knee-deep and immersed in anything and everything I can do for the Cowboys and through that the NFL, Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. On the other hand, I am a joint owner of the businesses of 120 Papa Johns stores here in Texas. And John Schnatter is one of the great Americans. Hes the story of America. He started off in his dads bar just doing a pizza with a little oven or microwave, and hes built that thing into one of the greatest businesses. Papa Johns was named by all of the people that look at the NFL, Papa Johns was named as the product most associated with the NFL and it was named that a year ago by a survey of all of our viewers. So he is quite an American story.
Given Joness effusive praise of Schnatter, theres little doubt that he agrees with Schantters opinion that there has been poor leadership at the top of the NFL.