University of Louisville takes Papa John’s name off its football stadium

14 July, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur

Schnatter resigned late Wednesday and apologized for using the slur, the company said.

In a statement released by Louisville, Kentucky-based Papa John's, Schnatter said Wednesday that the reports attributing use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language to him were true.

Earlier this week, Schnatter used the n-word in a conference call orchestrated by a PR company created to prevent future PR screw-ups. Of that total, $14 million came from Schnatter personally and the remaining through Papa John's worldwide on a deal that runs through 2040.

Schnatter, who has naming rights of the stadium until 2040, supported her decision to remove his name from the stadium, Bendapudi said.

During the call, Schnatter had tried to downplay his National Football League remarks, saying "Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s" as he complained that the KFC founder never faced public backlash. The right to change the name of the stadium reportedly belonged to Schnatter. While he's no longer on the board, John still owns a substantial portion - roughly 30 percent - of the company, CBS points out.

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"The Marlins are committed to an inclusive environment for all of our fans", the Marlins said in their brief statement announcing the suspension of Papa John's-related activities. He had stepped down as CEO past year after blaming disappointing pizza delivery sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.

Papa John's did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

The incident prompted Papa John's marketing firm to break ties with the company, Forbes said. He then resigned as Papa John's chairman and from the University of Louisville's governing board.

Schnatter's name will also be removed from the university's Center for Free Enterprise at its business school, university spokesman John Karman confirmed to The Post.

Papa John's has featured John Schnatter in logos and TV ads. Netflix said Jonathan Friedland used the word in a meeting of public relations staff about sensitive words. His image and voiceover do appear at the end of two of the top five TV commercials that have aired nationally so far this year according to iSpot. As of 1:05 p.m. Friday, Papa John's shares are $54.31, up more than 1 percent since the start of the day. Today, it has more than 3,400 locations in North America.

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