ESPN’s Adam Schefter woke up early this morning to promote Papa John’s football-shaped pizzas and got absolutely roasted for it.
“Football is back and to celebrate, starting today, @papajohns has introduced football-shaped pizzas, now available nationwide,” Schefter wrote on his Twitter account.
Football is back and to celebrate, starting today, @papajohns has introduced football-shaped pizzas, now available nationwide.#PapaJohnsPartner pic.twitter.com/cYtfxQhkEK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2022
Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina was the first journalist to rip apart Schefter for posting the ad during the busiest day of the NFL season with hundreds of roster cuts looming.
“So how did the NFL’s top information man get this day started at around 8:30 a.m. ET?” Traina wrote. “By promoting a company that sells a vile concoction that they call pizza, but isn’t really pizza.
The Comeback’s Sean Keeley mocked Schefter by writing “given the reactions that NFL fans were sharing on Twitter after watching the ad, it doesn’t sound like there’s that much excitement over the new product or the fact that a ‘reporter’ is schilling for it.”
Twitter users weren’t kind to Schefter either by ripping into the shape of the pizza, which many felt was more costly than a regular sized pizza.
“We’ve figured out a way to charge you more money for less pizza” https://t.co/cowgpzDbWC
— THRILLHO (@lowfive_) August 29, 2022
Aaahh I would punt that thing so far https://t.co/HaDh30wq5C
— Kev © (@MrMetKevC) August 29, 2022
“Jim never had seconds of MY football shaped pizza, and I made pretty good football shaped pizza…” https://t.co/F55ems4FZ2
— Rich Bobbe (@Rich_Bobbe) August 29, 2022