Papa John's founder John Schnatter resigns as chairman after using N-word


The call was meant to facilitate public relations strategies to avoid coming off as a racist, which Schnatter desperately needed after his criticism of kneeling National Football League players got him uplifted by white supremacists and booted as the company's CEO. He reportedly replied, "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--s", and complained Sanders had never faced public backlash.

He reportedly made additional comments about his life in IN, where, he claimed people used to drag Black folks from trucks until they died.

The source added that although Schnatter intended for his remarks to show his stance against racism, multiple people found it objectionable.

"News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true", he said. He confirmed the incident and apologized in a statement to Forbes. So the school can't simply keep the name in place and say it's no big deal because Schnatter is no longer associated with the company that has his name.

Papa John's shares fell almost 5 percent Wednesday after the report, closing at $48.33.

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Papa John's Pizza's Chairman John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the board, the company said Wednesday.

John Schnatter, founder and ex-CEO of Papa John's, is apologizing for his words.

Additionally, Schnatter resigned his post on the University of Louisville's board of trustees.

It's not the first time a conference call had led to controversy for Schnatter.

Wasserman and Laundry Service declined to comment to Ad Age on the matter.

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However, Schnatter owns the stadium's naming rights and not Papa John's, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

John Schnatter, founder & Pres. of a chain of Papa John's pizza restaurants, with employees at one of his outlets, making a surprise quality check on a row of pizzas laid out on counter at restaurant in 1997.

Now Major League Baseball is distancing itself from Papa John's.

Papa John's did not deny Schnatter's comments in a statement. In the aftermath, Schnatter announced his resignation as the company's chairman late Wednesday night.

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