Papa John’s Founder Resigns As Chairman After Using Racial Slur

John Schnatter's likeness is on Papa John's pizza boxes

John Schnatter's likeness is on Papa John's pizza boxes

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.

As a result of the public backlash, Schnatter resigned from the university's board of trustees and as Papa John's chairman. The Miami Marlins, meanwhile, announced they would be closing the Papa John's concession stand at their stadium.

Bendapudi indicated Thursday that university officials would be evaluating the stadium's naming rights.

With its latest controversy, Papa John's relationships with professional sports have diminished even further.

The Marlins posted a statement on Twitter saying the team is committed to an inclusive environment for all of its fans, and would suspend all promotions it had with the company. However, believing that maintaining ties with him would create a "barrier", the statement said, "neither the Gatton College of Business and Economics nor the Institute will recognize Mr. Schnatter in any way".

Bendapudi said she has informed Papa John's and Schnatter of her decision.

"Papa John's is not an individual". The Royals, Nationals and Orioles have since joined, too.

The Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Astros baseball team condemned Schnatter's comments but indicated it would retain its relationship with local franchisee Houston Pizza Venture. "Papa John's is a pizza company with 120,000 corporate and franchise team members around the world", he said in a statement. Greenville resident Grady Farmer said, it will take some changes to win some people back.

The lack of empathy and action in Ritchie's letter just adds to a perception that the company is tone-deaf in terms of race relations, something that first came to light previous year. We will be engaging a broad set of stakeholders to chart a course forward that demonstrates our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Houston Pizza Venture offers a "Win-Day" deal, which gives customers a 50 percent discount on Wednesday if the Astros won the day before, the Chronicle said. As part of that process, we will establish a process for communicating progress against transparent goals to everyone in our Papa John's family.

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