Papa John's founder John Schnatter is no longer board chairman after using a racial slur, but his image is still part of the pizza chain's logo and he remains the company's largest shareholder. He had stepped down as CEO past year after blaming disappointing pizza delivery sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.
Schnatter owns almost 30 percent of the company's shares, which fell after the report but rebounded when he said he would depart as chairman.
In a press release late Wednesday night, Papa John's announced John's resignation, and said a new Chairman of the Board will be appointed in the coming weeks.
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It is Schnatter himself and not Papa John's who has the deal with the university for the naming rights until 2040, according to ESPN.
That isn't the case in Miami or Tampa Bay, however, where the city's baseball teams have ended promotions with Papa John's after Schnatter's usage of the N-word, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Two current Louisville football players and one future Cardinal used their social media platforms to react to the recent news surrounding surrounding John Schnatter.
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Keith Hollingsworth, a professor at Morehouse College's business department, said keeping Schnatter on marketing would be a signal to people that the company does not have a problem with his comments, or that it didn't think they were a big deal. "Over the last 24 hours our community has been fractured by the comments made by former UofL trustee John Schnatter". The promotion was suspended after CEO John Schnatter resigned in the wake of racial remarks.
"The Marlins are committed to an inclusive environment for all of our fans", the Marlins said in their brief statement announcing the suspension of Papa John's-related activities. Papa John's ended its official sponsorship of the National Football League in February 2018.
"Colonel Sanders called blacks n--s", Schnatter reportedly said on the call. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language. For the first three months of this year, the chain said a key sales figure fell 5.3 per cent in North America. Their statement condemned Schnatter, but noted that the Astros "are proud of our 10-year partnership with Houston Pizza Venture, a local Houston business and owner of the local franchisees".
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