Papa John's will drop founder John Schnatter from logo and adverts

Doug Mendoza
July 14, 2018

The action came after company founder John Schnatter used the n-word during a company conference call in May, during which he was discussing how to combat negative publicity about the brand.

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Louisville native and commit Aidan Robbins feels the same.

Forbes reported Wednesday that Schnatter used the racial slur during a conference call designed as a role-playing exercise to prevent public relations disasters. Instead, further waded further into controversy after it was revealed that, during the call, he claimed "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--s" but didn't face the same backlash that he had.

Papa John's Stadium, of course, is the home of the U of L's football Cardinals.

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The Astros, a well-run organization that is the defending World Series champion, also included a statement from Houston Pizza Venture president Keith Sullins: "I want everyone in the city of Houston to know that Mr. Schnatter's statements are indefensible and in no way represent the views of anyone in our company", which, just given math and sample sizes, can not possibly be true, but at least reads well.

In a complicated arrangement, the school's deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John's brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building.

"Our community has been fractured by the comments made by former UofL trustee John Schnatter", Bendapudi said in a statement she read to reporters, adding that the comments were "hurtful and unacceptable". Schnatter apologized and said he would resign as chairman.

Every time the Orioles scored five runs or more in a game this season, customers received a 50 percent discount the following day on regularly-priced Papa John's menu items ordered online by using a promo code. Major League Baseball axed its "Papa Slam" promotion earlier this week; the University of Louisville announced it's working to rename Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Take, for example, one from the summer of 2016, when Schnatter's usual red Papa John's shirt was replaced with a "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit in a 30-second TV spot and on a movie-themed pizza box.

"Regardless of the context, I apologize", the statement said.

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