United Kingdom cuts all ties with John Schnatter following controversy over racial slur
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jul 14, 2018,
Jul 14, 2018, 1:31
John Schnatter, the pizza chain founder, admitted earlier this week that he used the N-word during an internal conference call. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement of apology acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language.
Schnatter apologized for the remarks Wednesday.
Schnatter originally stepped down as Papa John's CEO in December 2017, after claiming that the NFL's handing of player protests contributed to the company's third-quarter earnings slump.
In a news release, Capilouto said Schnatter's name would be removed from the Gatton College of Business and Economics and its John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise, for which he donated several million dollars.
Pizza-craving baseball fans have other - and, frankly, better - options at Target Field, including Pizza Lucé (Section 234), by-the-slice Freschetta (Sections 122 and 318), and stone-oven personals (Carew Atrium).
In addition to appearing in TV ads, Schnatter's image has been on packaging and at the center of a logo that usually was all over the website of the Louisville, Kentucky-based company.
National Football League announces Pizza Hut will be official pizza sponsor replacing Papa John's. "Over the last 24 hours our community has been fractured by the comments made by former UofL trustee John Schnatter". After consequently resigning as chairman of the board, the Associated Press reports that Papa John's will also stop using Schnatter's face in logos and ads. "I am sure that he will say that he is sorry that he has hurt so many people, including - I know - students that he cares a great deal about".
Schnatter acknowledged using the slur on Wednesday and announced plans to step down from the company.
Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise, Forbes said.
A Papa John's spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that it will erase its founder's image from all advertising. Take, for example, one from the summer of 2016, when Schnatter's usual red Papa John's shirt was replaced with a "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit in a 30-second TV spot and on a movie-themed pizza box.
Papa John's International Inc., which began operations in 1984, has more than 5,200 locations globally. For the first three months of this year, Papa John's said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America.