Papa John's to pull founder from marketing

“Regardless of the context I apologize,” Papa John’s founder John Schnatter said Wednesday

Papa John's, which has had founder John Schnatter at the centre of its logo and in TV ads, plans to pull his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur.

Schnatter acknowledged using the slur on Wednesday and announced plans to step down from the company.

The Washington Nationals have severed ties with Papa John's days after founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company's board.

Still, Hollingsworth said he doesn't think the latest Schnatter incident will hurt Papa John's over the long run because people often have short memories.

During the call, Schnatter had tried to downplay his National Football League remarks, saying "Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s" as he complained that the KFC founder never faced public backlash.

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The No. 4 US pizza chain had already been showing less of Schnatter in its major campaigns. But, "I said it, and it's wrong", he said.

UofL's Pan-African Studies Chair Ricky Jones tweeted Wednesday: "In a couple of months, black students from the #UniversityOfLouisville and other schools will be expected to suit up and play football in 'Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, ' Anybody with a moral compass would see how that's a little. shall we say. problematic".

Papa John's did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. Oh, no, it was the "derogatory and insensitive comments" - the fact that he said one particular no-no word.

Bendapudi also explained she spoke with Schnatter, who supported the decision to remove the name so it won't be a distraction to the program, according to 93.9 The Ville.

Schnatter then resigned as chairman of the company and from his seat on the University of Louisville's governing board.

Mr Schnatter quit as chief executive a year ago after criticising the NFL over players' national anthem protests. Not only is he featured in many TV commercials, but his face is emblazoned on pizza boxes and at the center of the logo. He is also the company's biggest shareholder, with 30 percent of the stock. Several people told Friedland how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the word was.

Papa John's International Inc., which began operations in 1984, has more than 5,200 locations globally.

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