Friday, 22 February, 2019

Papa John's founder John Schnatter resigns over using N-word

Papa John's founder apologizes for using N-word Papa John's founder apologizes for using N-word
Kristopher Love | 13 July, 2018, 00:39

In an email statement, Schnatter confirmed the allegations.

"To be clear, none of our people attended the meeting reported in Wednesday's Forbes article, and no one at Papa John's ever used racially-charged language in front of any of our team members", the PR agency's statement said.

"Regardless of the context, I apologize", the statement says. "We want to make it clear to all of you that racism has no place at Papa John's", according to the memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

J. David Grissom, the chairman of the university board, said he had spoken to Schnatter on Wednesday. In 2017, he had blamed the NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism for his companies disappointing sales.

During the call, Schnatter complained that Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Sanders never received criticism for racist remarks.

Schnatter then went on to describe his early life in IN, a place, he said, where Black people used to be dragged from trucks until they died. "We also instructed the client that during this transition, the executive who made the offensive remarks must not communicate directly with any Laundry Service employee", according to the letter.

The University of Louisville said it doesn't condone racism. but added it doesn't think Schnatter's comments "reflect his personal beliefs or values".

That episode quickly resulted in Schnatter's resigning as CEO - though he stayed on as chairman - and in the dissolution of the chain's National Football League sponsorship. The alleged incident came several months after Schnatter, who is also the face and the chairman of Papa John's, stepped down as the company's CEO due to backlash over his handling of the NFL's protests against police brutality.

Per Rovell, the naming rights to the stadium are with Schnatter himself and not Papa John's, with the deal running through 2040.

The conference call was between Papa John's senior staff and Laundry Service, a marketing agency.

Apparently the "better ingredients" at Papa John's means a lot less Papa John.

Papa John's was the longtime exclusive pizza sponsor of the NFL, but ended its partnership with the league earlier this year under new CEO Steve Ritchie.

Papa John's now hs over 4,700 restaurants, 3,500 of which are in the US.