Jerry Jones says Cowboys will continue relationship with Papa John’s

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Several sports teams, including the Falcons, have distanced themselves from Papa John’s after it was revealed founder John Schnatter used a racial slur in a May conference call.

But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones won’t follow suit. That’s because he owns a percentage of 50 Papa John’s stores in North Texas, according to Stephen Jones.

“Some teams that I’ve noticed that have addressed the Papa John’s issue by distancing themselves do not have the same relationship that the Cowboys have with the Papa John’s business in Texas,” Jerry Jones said Wednesday. “We own the Papa John’s in Texas and feel strongly that our Cowboys are the face of Papa John’s, and that judgment is warranted by what we’ve done over the last 15 years with Papa John’s. That’s very unfortunate. . . . It’s unfortunate for the company and unfortunate for John. I’m sure if he could do it over again, he’d like do-overs. But the bottom line is the Cowboys and our relationship, we own those stores. It’s not an endorsements. Similar to the way [John] Elway does in Denver.

“The point is: We just want to work real hard. We literally have thousands of people who work in those stores and several thousand customers who want to have the kind of taste in your mouth that you want to have when you have Papa John’s to use a phrase.”

Jones, who last fall called Schnatter “a great American,” said he has not talked to the ousted CEO since Schnatter’s use of a racial slur was revealed. Jones said the Cowboys’ direct ownership with Papa John’s should serve the company well in rebounding in the Texas market.

“When we became involved, Papa John’s wasn’t doing good, so when we became involved we deliberately make the Cowboys more the face of Papa John’s if you recall,” Jones said. “I would rap and break dance and do all that kind of stuff. We used to do that break dancing and the rapping and the phones would just light up all over the place on that. So ours is a little bit different. We’ve got a lot of our face out there.

“I regret that for John. But at the end of the day we’ve got too many people, too many customers . . . that we just need to do as good as we can do under the circumstances. Everybody knows certainly that there’s not bias here relative to the Dallas Cowboys, and so we feel comfortable in going ahead and taking care of our business.”

35 responses to “Jerry Jones says Cowboys will continue relationship with Papa John’s

  1. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones won’t follow suit. That’s because he owns 120 Papa John’s stores……

    and because he’s from Texas where the N- word is used in regular daily conversation…

  2. Jerry Jones talking about rapping, dancing… and then spin doctoring. It’s all too funny.

  3. Keep that good ol’ fashioned capitalistic racism alive Jer. The almighty dollar over everything else – you may not be America’s Team but you sure do look like you’re stuck in America circa 1950s and 1960s

  4. “I’m sure if he could do it over again, he’d like do-overs”, says the stadium builder who pushed Papa John into the fray in his feeble attempt to ruffle the commissioner’s feathers.

    “We literally have…several thousand customers who want to have the kind of taste in your mouth…when you have Papa John’s”

    …as if the past two years haven’t proven there’s no accounting for taste.

  5. Way to go Jerry. Stand your ground. Mediocre pizza goes hand in hand with mediocre football.

  6. They are gonna name a pizza after Dak, loaded with toppings of your choice, they named it THE PICK SIX !

  7. Big deal. Rappers say the N word all the time, and say it all the time. So does everyone else. You can’t be angry at a word if you use the word. And don’t come at me with “only African Americans can say it” because that’s a weak argument. You can say a word, but another race can’t? Seems pretty racist to me.

  8. I’ve lived all over this great country and have never seen worse examples of racism than I did when I was living and working in the northeast, mainly Philadelphia, Boston and New York. So let’s stop with the Texas is racist angle. Second, Jerry is simply stating that John Schnatter is not the face of their franchise Papa Johns stores but rather the Dallas Cowboys themselves, and that ending their relationship would include selling the stores and effectively ending employment opportunities for all of the respective staff. So should the Cowboys lose money and these people lose their jobs for locations that have no connection with the founding,ousted CEO? If you do, than I have to question your motivation.

  9. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    July 25, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    You would think a guy from New Jersey would know how to make a pizza. Papa John’s, Little Ceasars and Dominos have a three-way tie for worst pizza on earth.

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    You can add Pizza Hut and Papa Ginos to that list as well….

  10. I didn’t like Papa John’s before ‘N’ word incident, and I certainly won’t buy a pizza from Papa John’s. That includes going to ‘Jerry World’ Stadium. Jerry has around 120 Papa John’s stores he owns in Texas so he won’t condemn Papa John’s because that would hurt his bottom line in the pizza business. Jerry is still all about money. He not about causes or doing the right thing. If his Papa John’s franchises suffer, he will drop them like a hot potato. Once again for Jerry it’s all about money and notoriety. That’s all he cares about!

  11. Personally, I choose not to say the word as it just helps to perpetuate racism and hatred. It’s ugly and has no place in any society. It should be not said, period, regardless of your race. If African Americans use the word as part of their vocabulary then it just gives those that are racists justification for its continued use. ‘If they say it, then why can’t we?’

    “Big deal. Rappers say the N word all the time, and say it all the time. So does everyone else. You can’t be angry at a word if you use the word. And don’t come at me with “only African Americans can say it” because that’s a weak argument. You can say a word, but another race can’t? Seems pretty racist to me”

  12. Most interesting thing I’ve learned from all these pizza articles is that being “the official pizza of the NFL” means basically nothing because all your competitors can negotiate similar deals with the individual teams. Other than being able to use that phrase on commercials, the NFL league-level sponsorship seems to mean nothing.

  13. “You’re not allowed to stay in the locker room, and eat all my Papa Johns … get out there and stand … Rap, and dance if I tell you to.”

  14. “Mediocre pizza goes hand in hand with mediocre football.”

    This comment cracked me up.

    Makes me wonder what kind of pizza they like in Cleveland.

  15. Jerry is a man of his times. Grew up and lived in Arkansas for the lions share of his life. Lucked out and bought the Cowboys, but more importantly hired Jimmy Johnson. Without Jimmy, and the talent he brought to Dallas, Jerry the GM is just like Papa John’s Pizza…average at best. Jerry is not a principled man. He would fit right in with George Preston Marshall, Washingtons owner during the 50s and 60s. He is no different.

  16. John Schnatter is an idiot who made terrible pizza.

    And he no longer works at the company.

    I would never endorse Papa John’s because of how awful the product is, but is it really fair to punish the whole company because of a guy who they don’t even employ anymore?

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