The founder of the American restaurant franchise company, Papa John’s International Inc., John Schnatter is reportedly stepping down as the company’s CEO next month, more than a month after a few comments he made last month about the national anthem protests by National Football League players led to accusations of racism and the official endorsement of the ALT-right.

In November, Schnatter sparked outrage by blaming slowing sales growth of the company on the league’s “poor leadership” in response to the national anthem demonstrations.