Rays suspend Papa John's pizza promotion

13 July, 2018, 21:23 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur

Schnatter originally stepped down as Papa John's CEO in December 2017, after claiming that the NFL's handing of player protests contributed to the company's third-quarter earnings slump.

Papa John's got a taste of that a year ago, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. The sourced told the AP they were "not aware" of plans to change the brand's name.

Even the press release announcing Schnatter's resignation as chairman late Wednesday included a logo featuring Schnatter's likeness.

Schnatter resigned from the UofL Board of Trustees Wednesday after admitting that he said the N-word in a conference call created to prevent public relations disasters. 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. 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.

The deals last through 2040 and include no "morals" clauses that would allow the university to change the stadium's over Schnatter's objection in light of his comments and negative publicity.


Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise, Forbes said.

During the call, he reportedly said "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--" and never faced backlash.

Schnatter also allegedly stated that, in his home state of in, "people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died", reportedly intending for the sentiment to convey his opposition to racism. He apologized to her, adding that he didn't want to be a "distraction", she said.

Papa John's confirmed Friday that it plans to remove founder John Schnatter's likeness from its marketing, an announcement that comes on the heels of his being exposed for using the "n"-word in a conference call, and then resigning as chairman of the board".

Papa John's International Inc. began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally.

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