University Of Louisville To Remove Papa John's From Stadium Name

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

Schnatter remains on the board and is still the company's largest shareholder with almost 30 per cent of the stock.

The pizza chain is removing John Schnatter's face from its marketing materials, two days after he admitted to using the N-word during a company conference call.

Mr Schnatter quit as chief executive a year ago after criticising the NFL over players' national anthem protests.

In a statement released by Papa John's, Schnatter said reports attributing use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language to him were true. Schnatter apologized and said he would resign as chairman.

The University of Louisville is renaming Papa John's Cardinal Stadium effective immediately, the school announced Friday.

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.

It's always fun here when John Schnatter is in the news for embarrassing reasons, because it generally means having a laugh at the "food" that Papa John's calls "pizza" and sells all over America, including with the help of former franchisee Peyton Manning, who got out when the getting out was good.

Keith Hollingsworth, a professor with Morehouse College's business department, said keeping Schnatter in the marketing and advertising would signal to people that the company does not have a problem with his comments, or that it doesn't think they are a big deal.


A person inside the company with knowledge of the decision said the decision to remove Schnatter as the marketing face of Papa John's was made by top executives and the details and exact timing are still being worked out.

While on a call with a marketing agency, John defended his comments about the National Football League, saying KFC didn't face backlash when "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--s", Forbes reported. The resignation came hours after Schnatter apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May.

Papa John's isn't the only pizza option at Target Field.

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

The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's.

The Minnesota Twins have "indefinitely suspended" sales of Papa John's pizza from their activation at Target Field, according to a team spokesman.

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

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