Papa John’s issued an apology via its Twitter account Tuesday for having blamed disappointing quarterly earnings on NFL players’ protests during the national anthem.

The pizza chain said that while it believes Americans “should honor the anthem,” it supports “the players’ movement to create a new platform for change.”

Earlier in the month, the founder and CEO of Papa John’s, John Schnatter, said that the NFL’s “controversy” was the result of the league’s “poor leadership” and “should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.” Without specifying the controversy to which he was referring, Schnatter said that it was hurting the NFL’s TV ratings and thus sales of his product, which is advertised heavily during games.

The Dolphins may be appearing in the postseason for the first time since 2008, but the Steelers seemingly have been here every year since the dawn of time. This year, there’s a new face at running back, where Le’Veon Bell will make his playoff debut after missing the last two playoff appearances because of injuries. Antonio Brown, who ranked second in the league with 106 catches and was tied for second with 12 touchdown catches, will be a primary receiving target.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings (31.8 percent): The Kings’ commitment to their budding prospects has fueled Bogdanovic’s ascent; he’s averaged 17.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 3.3 APG during his past seven games. It’s time to invest in the Kings’ young playmakers.

Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies (4.8 percent): Another hot hand who deserves our attention, Brooks has stepped up as a premier perimeter scorer for Memphis over the past week; he’s averaging 17.0 PPG and 1.5 SPG in 29.1 MPG during his past four games, all starts.

“I do have the concern, though, there is a 40-second clock that’s moving after touchdowns and scoring plays, so they have got to hurry up and get off the field,” Eagles Coach Doug Pederson said. “But they are enjoying each other right now. They enjoy coming to work every week, and this game is hard enough, and when you score, you kind of want them to celebrate together, and that’s a great thing.

“It’s a lot of fun. Listen, the guys are having fun doing it. They are having fun playing together. Obviously, when you’re winning in this position, it is definitely fun and all that.”cowboys_047

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