Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Papa John’s says founder resigned as chairman of the board

Papa John’s says founder resigned as chairman of the board

Schnatter, 56, resigned as chairman of the world's third-largest pizza delivery company after using the n-word during public relations training on the issues of race. According to Forbes, Schnatter tried to downplay his past controversies by saying that Colonel Sanders - the founder of KFC - called black people the N-word. "Regardless of the context, I apologise", the statement said. Schnatter caused an uproar in November 2017 when he waded into the debate over national anthem protests in the NFL and partly blamed the league for slowing sales at Papa John's.

The city of Jeffersonville, Ind., had plenty of reason to add John Schnatter's name last year to its 80-year-old gymnasium. Kirtley has been on the board since 2003, according to Papa John's. Forbes said that this remark was apparently used to try and "convey his antipathy to racism".

Schnatter, a Trump donor who stepped down as the pizza corporation's chief executive in January after he said that National Football League player protests were hurting his pizza sales, was the subject of a news report in the business publication Forbes that documented his use of the racial slur.

A Papa John's spokesperson declined to confirm or deny the report, but said in an emailed statement that the company "condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting".

Schnatter, a longtime donor to U of L and the namesake of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, has served on the university's governing board since 2016, when Republican Gov. Matt Bevin ushered in a new slate of trustees.

Schnatter founded Papa John's in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Louisville announced Wednesday that John Schnatter, the founder and chairman of Papa John's Pizza, has resigned from the school's Board of Trustees. As of March, Schnatter was its largest shareholder by a wide margin, holding more than 9.45 million shares of Papa John's, or roughly 29.4 percent of its outstanding shares.

Via Noah Kirsch of, Schnatter had hired Laundry Service, a marketing firm owned by Casey Wasserman, to assist with the comeback effort. The company even had to come out and say that they weren't pro-Nazi after some alt-right and white supremacist groups wanted to make Papa John's their official pizza after he slammed the racial injustice protests.

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