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Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter says his business has taken a hit, and it’s the National Football League’s fault.

On a quarterly conference call Wednesday, the founder of the official pizza company of the NFL expressed his disappointment, according to ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

“The NFL has hurt us,” Schnatter said. “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.”

“Leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter continued, adding that he thought the protests should have been “nipped in the bud” a year and a half ago.

That’s around the time when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began his protests during the national anthem.

Papa John’s also has deals with 23 individual teams, ESPN says.

The company’s stock price has fallen by more than 5 percent since the beginning of the season, SI reports.

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