Papa John's Founder John Schnatter Resigned As Chairman of The Board

Rays suspend Papa John's pizza promotion | tbo.com

Rays suspend Papa John's pizza promotion | tbo.com

On Wednesday, Schnatter acknowledged the truth of a Forbes story that said he used the N-word during a discussion about public relations with the company's outside marketing agency in May.

The school is taking action after the pizza chain's founder, John Schnatter, reportedly complained that Kentucky Fried Chicken's Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using a racial slur.

Schnatter apologized for the remarks Wednesday.

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.

While many have put their relationships with the brand on hold, there were a few teams across the league that chose to maintain their deals with Papa John's, disavowing Schnatter's comments and praising the brand for its swift action, while cited long-running partnerships with local store owners and operators who shared their values.

Schnatter - always been the face of Papa John's brand - is still the company's largest shareholder and remains on its board, but top executives plan on removing his image from marketing materials following the latest controversy.

To say things have not been going well for Papa John's seems like an understatement.

Papa John's has featured John Schnatter in logos and TV ads.

"Papa John's is not an individual".

Schnatter used the offensive term while undergoing training on how to avoid future PR disasters with media agency Laundry Service, after he previous year controversially blamed NFL national anthem protests for his company's sagging pizza sales.

Two current Louisville football players and one future Cardinal used their social media platforms to react to the recent news surrounding surrounding John Schnatter. He said the comment was taken out of context but that he nevertheless felt "sick" about the incident.

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. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language.

Papa John's International Inc. began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally. Their statement condemned Schnatter, but noted that the Astros "are proud of our 10-year partnership with Houston Pizza Venture, a local Houston business and owner of the local franchisees".

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