Former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter made some wild claims against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder.
Appearing on Jason Whitlock’s podcast, the former Papa John’s CEO claimed that Jones and Snyder wanted to conspire with him to get Roger Goodell axed as the commissioner of the National Football League.
“Snyder and Jones hate Goodell, you need to take this guy out.”
“I said, ‘No, this is not my job to fire your commissioner. He works for you.’ Remember, Goodell is a coward, and he is incompetent. And he’s just lucky.”
It was well documented that Jones and Goodell were at odds over both the commissioner’s handling of the Ezekiel Elliott behavioral case and the league’s dealing with the issue of standing for the national anthem.
And why exactly did Jones and Snyder approach Schnatter?
“You’re the No. 1 sponsor of the league as far as notoriety and acceptance and association,” John Schnatter quoted them as saying. “Everybody loves you; they love Peyton (Manning, involved in Papa John’s ad campaign.
“We hate Goodell.’”
Ultimately, the plot didn’t go through and Schnatter was ousted in 2018 as the pizza company’s CEO after using the N-word during a Papa John’s conference call.
In the end, it was the pizza guy Schnatter who was booted, while Jones (who has owned a large stake in Papa John’s in Texas) and Snyder and the other owners in 2017 provided Goodell with a lucrative contract extension.