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Jerry Jones: Papa John’s CEO is ‘one of the great Americans’

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Friday morning extolled the virtues of Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter, calling him a “one of the great Americans.”

Schnatter of course earlier this week criticized the NFL, citing “poor leadership” in how league has mishandled the player national anthem protest issue. Schnatter blamed the controversy for causing the company’s sagging third quarter sales. Papa John’s of course has strong ties to the NFL and boasts a huge advertising presence during game broadcasts, which have seen a decrease in ratings.

Jones, during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan, praised Schnatter despite his suddenly antagonistic presence to NFL brass. Although Jones made sure to point out he has a stake in Papa John’s franchises in Texas.

“The facts are that I’ve 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, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “On the other hand, I am a joint owner of the businesses of 120 Papa John’s stores here in Texas.

“And John Schnatter is one of the great Americans. He’s the story of America. He started off in his dad’s bar just doing a pizza with a little oven or microwave, and he’s built that thing into one of the greatest businesses. Papa John’s was named by all of the people that look at the NFL, Papa John’s 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.”

Jones, going all the way back to last season when Colin Kaepernick inspired the anthem protest movement, has made his stance against such acts by players abundantly clear on several occasions.

In fact, Jones previously made the dubious argument that the NFL fan base “wants and expects” players to stand for the anthem. It certainly appears with Jones’ passionate defense of Schnatter that the Papa John’s boss has a very powerful ally within the NFL power structure.