Morehouse College cuts ties with Papa John's


Schnatter reportedly recounted the incident in the letter, saying he said he wasn't racist during the conference call. Now the company's board says it has ended Schnatter's role as spokesperson, will remove him from all marketing materials, and evicted him from its headquarters.

Schnatter is "confident that an examination of the facts will bear out what I have written in this letter", and that it will "show that once again our company has demonstrated that it does not know how to handle a crisis based on misinformation". However, he said the comments were taken out of context and that he was provoked into using the N-word after Laundry Service executives on the call suggested the pizza chain bring on performer Kanye West as a co-spokesman for television spots and promotions.

Schnatter, who founded Papa John's in 1984, stepped down as chairman last week after it was revealed that he used the n-word during a media training call with the marketing agency, Laundry Service.

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Schnatter remains on the board and still owns 30% of the company's shares.

ULAA held a meeting Monday, after which University President Neeli Bendapudi spoke to the media, clarifying some statements made since her initial press conference announcing the removal of Schnatter's name and company branding from UofL facilities. "They pushed me and it upset me, and I just said, 'Listen, other people have used that word". "The disparaging and outrageous comments about Wasserman and Laundry Service that have been covered are completely false and we have a centralized PR strategy to go on the record and refute them".

A representative for Schnatter declined to comment on whether he was considering legal action.

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The pizza franchise announced in a statement that Schnatter will "cease all media appearances, and not make any further statements to the media regarding the company, its business or employees". At the time Schnatter said the controversy was hurting pizza sales.

During the call, Schnatter was said to be participating in a role-playing exercise, when he allegedly stated that "Colonel Sanders called black people n--", and claimed that Sanders never got backlash for it.

Schnatter has said that he thought the call was confidential.

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