Papa John's apologizes for 'crybaby' promotion

May 5, 2008 4:54:18 AM PDT
Papa John's Pizza has issued an apology to Cleveland and its Cavaliers for making T-shirts with LeBron James' number 23 and the word "crybaby" under it.

To apologize, Papa John's is going to be selling Cleveland residents large, one-topping pizzas for just 23 cents Thursday.

The company is also donating $10,000 to the Cavaliers Youth Fund.

The pizza chain's T-shirts were featured during the Cavs' games against the Wizards in Washington.

Wizards fans taunted the Cavs, who won the payoff series Friday night in game six.

The shirts started after James complained about hard fouls, and Wizards' center Brendan Haywood called him a crybaby.

Papa John's says it's wishing the Cavs and James luck.