Former Papa John’s CEO Claims Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder Wanted Him to Fire Roger Goodell

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SJ - May 7, 2022

Former Papa John's CEO John Schnatter is making some claims about two of the NFL's most well known owners.  According to Schnatter, both Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Commanders owner Daniel Snyder tried to get him to fire NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The two owners aren't fans of Goodell and Schnatter's claims seem to support rumors that Jones was trying to get rid of the league's commissioner back in 2017.

From Pro Football Talk:

“Snyder and Jones hate Goodell,” Schnatter said. “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. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, Indra Nooyi [former CEO] with PepsiCo, and Dan Snyder all called me — several other folks — about Goodell’s conduct and the way he was handling this. Jones and Dan Snyder . . . wanted Goodell fired. This is like . . . the first of November, end of October. They called and said, ‘You need to take this guy out. You’re the number one sponsor of the league, as far as notoriety and acceptance and association. Everybody loves you, they love Peyton [Manning, a Papa John’s franchisee and sponsor]. We hate Goodell.'”

Schnatter also claimed during the interview that Snyder called Goodell a “drunk, and yet we pay him $50 million a year.”

“I said, ‘No. This is not my job to fire your Commissioner,'” Schnatter said. “‘He works for you. I just sell pizzas. I have a family of small businesses that, you know, probably 35 percent of our spend’s NFL, it’s down 20 percent. This behavior of not addressing the issue to the owners’ and players’ satisfaction is causing me and my franchisees a lot of problem. And this is going on now for two seasons. . . . I had a free shot from two owners to go after Goodell personally. I didn’t go after him in a vicious, venomous way. I just said, ‘Hey, grow up, be a leader, and fix the problem so my small business owners stop taking it on the chin.'”

Jones and Snyder must be in the minority of NFL owners when it comes to their hatred of Goodell.

Otherwise they could just have the other owners join them in firing his ass, which to be clear should have been done a long time ago.


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