Fox News Today: Former Papa John’s CEO criticized by Shaq: ‘Sometimes people don’t know when to keep their mouths shut’

Fox News Today: Former Papa John’s CEO criticized by Shaq: ‘Sometimes people don’t know when to keep their mouths shut’

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He might not be great with free-throws, but Shaq still knows a good pizza when he eats one.

The basketball-star-turned-entrepreneur (and current Papa John’s board member) recently responded to claims that the company had changed its pizza recipe. Last month, former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter made headlines when he claimed that the food wasn’t as good as when he was in charge.

Shaquille O’Neal has clapped back at former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter’s recent remarks about the quality of the pizza chain’s food.
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“I’ve had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days,” Schnatter had told WDRB’s Stephan Johnson. “The way they’re making the pizza is just not fundamental to what makes a Papa John’s pizza.”

Shaquille O’Neal, who joined the company in June, responded to Schnatter’s claims while recently speaking with CNBC.

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“Never. There is no change,” he said of Scnatter’s take. “Sometimes people don’t know when to keep their mouths shut.”

O’Neal apparently isn’t looking for a feud, however, with the former CEO.

“I’m not going to go back and forth with this guy,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter what he has said about me. I don’t care. I’m on a mission to make [Papa John’s] the number one brand.”

“We don’t worry about him. He has bigger problems,” the basketball legend said.

Current CEO Rob Lynch previously responded to Schnatter’s claims during an interview with CNBC.

“We haven’t made any changes to the way we make it or what goes into our products,” he said. “Mr. Schnatter is entitled to his opinion. We’re focused on doing the things that are going to move the business forward.”

In a statement obtained by CNBC, Schnatter said, “Under my leadership, I always put the quality of the pizzas, the loyalty to customers, and my affection for the employees first at Papa John’s. It’s all too obvious now, though, that the company is ignoring the success of the past and placing the stock price ahead.”

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CNBC reports that Papa Johns’ international stock has risen 50% this year.

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