Papa John’s removes founder’s image from marketing after racial slur

Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur

Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur More

The Senate majority leader addressed reports that the Louisville-based pizza chain's founder, John Schnatter, used a racial slur during a conference call in May.

During a Papa John's earnings call, Schnatter blamed his company's reduced sales and lowered profit forecast on the NFL's failure to stop players protesting police brutality and racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem.

That isn't the case in Miami or Tampa Bay, however, where the city's baseball teams have ended promotions with Papa John's after Schnatter's usage of the N-word, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Still, an image of Schnatter, the "John" of "Papa John's", appears on a wide range of Papa John's materials, including its logo and pizza boxes.

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Bendapudi added that Louisville will take Schnatter's name off its business school and the changes are effective immediately. The Associated Press first reported the news and a Papa John's spokesperson confirmed it to CNNMoney.

The Mariners joined a growing list of Major League Baseball teams to suspend their promotions for discounted pizzas at Papa John's following a use of a racial slur by the founder, John Schnatter.

The decision was made by top executives but details of the change are still being worked out, according to a person inside the company with knowledge of the decision who wasn't authorized to speak publicly. Schnatter is still on the board and is the company's largest shareholder - meaning he remains a key presence. Schnatter released a statement Wednesday apologizing, which said in part, "Regardless of the context, I apologize".

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When discussing how he would distance himself from racist groups, Mr Schnatter said that Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC, had never faced criticism for using the N-word, Forbes reported. That will continue to be the strong spirit of our Papa John's local ownership and team and we will continue to build confidence in who we are and what we stand for locally.

The university also said they would remove Schnatter's name from the Center for Free Enterprise at the College of Business. Schnatter resigned as the chairman of the board of his company on Wednesday.

Still, Hollingsworth said he doesn't think the latest Schnatter incident will hurt Papa John's over the long run because people often have short memories.

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Target Field has announced it will "indefinitely suspend" the sale of Papa John's pizza following comments made by the company's former CEO, according to a Minnesota Twins spokesperson.

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