Behind the Lens is reporting that the Fox 8 segment I was interviewed for just aired. As part of the segment, they announced that Papa John’s has issued a formal apology for the “Crybaby” T-shirt situation.
Behind the Lens writes:
They are donating $10,000 to the Cavaliers Youth Fund, and this Thursday all PJâ€™s Cleveland locations will be offering Large 1-Topping pizzas for 23 cents (pick-up only).
I must say, I’m somewhat impressed by the response time. Granted a media storm was quickly building in the state of Ohio, and Papa John’s had to realize they (or one of their franchise owners) screwed up. That being said, their PR team clearly went into action over the weekend, and it only took them about 48 hours from the time of the game, and about 40 hours from when my story first broke, to address the matter. The $.23 pizza for Cleveland residents is a nice ode to Lebron, who wears number 23, and donating money to the Cavs Youth Foundation is also a classy move.
It will be interesting to see how Lebron and/or the city of Cleveland reacts to this apology.