Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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Papa John's logo to change after founder uses N-word

Papa John's logo to change after founder uses N-word

Schnatter, who was already drowning in bad PR for suggesting previous year that National Football League anthem protests were hurting pizza sales, arranged last spring's conference call to strategize ways to avoid bad PR. The promotion was suspended after CEO John Schnatter resigned in the wake of racial remarks. Papa John's is now scrubbing Schnatter's image from its packaging and marketing materials.

The pizza chain is removing John Schnatter's face from its marketing materials, two days after he admitted to using the N-word during a company conference call.

The pizza chain later said it had accepted Mr Schnatter's resignation and that a new chairman would be appointed in the coming weeks. That prompted the company's stock to recover some of the losses it suffered after the report, and shares climbed another 3 percent Friday.

The deal provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building.

"Five years from now, they might be able to start bringing him back".

Schnatter later apologized for the remark, which was made during a media training exercise after he was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups. He apologized to her, adding that he didn't want to be a "distraction", she said.


Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi addressed a letter to the "U of L Family" on Friday that declared U of L would rename the football stadium and remove the name of Papa John's founder John Schnatter from the school's Center for Free Enterprise and its College of Business, effective immediately.

A Papa John's spokesman confirmed the story to Ad Age, without sharing further details.

Schnatter also allegedly stated that, in his home state of in, "people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died", reportedly intending for the sentiment to convey his opposition to racism.

Papa John's, based in Louisville, Kentucky, began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally. The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's.

"We are glad that at a national level, Papa John's took swift action to deal with the issue", said the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to ABC15.

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