University of Louisville drops Papa John's name from stadium

Jul 14, 2018, 04:02
University of Louisville drops Papa John's name from stadium

Schnatter originally stepped down as Papa John's CEO in December 2017, after claiming that the NFL's handing of player protests contributed to the company's third-quarter earnings slump.

During the call, he reportedly said "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--" and never faced backlash.

Previously, the Miami Marlins said they were ending their relationship with the chain, including ending a promotional deal and closing the Papa John's concession stand at Marlins Park, according to the Miami Herald.

Schnatter, the face of the pizza chain, resigned Wednesday as chairman of the board after confirming that he used a slur during a PR training session.

Some in the UofL community, including current football players, called on Bendapudi to change the stadium's name after Schnatter's comment.

Papa John's Stadium, of course, is the home of the U of L's football Cardinals.

It has led to some immediate criticism that has pushed the company to distance itself from Schnatter in any capacity moving forward. The stock was up more than 10% Thursday morning.

Mr Schnatter quit as chief executive a year ago after criticising the NFL over players' national anthem protests.

Other teams have stated that they are keeping their relationship with the brand, disavowing Schnatter's comments but citing long-standing relationships with local owners whose values they share.

The Texas Rangers have suspended all promotions involving Papa John's Pizza after the company's former CEO found himself in hot water over the use of a racial slur.

Schnatter's decision to step down as chairman of Papa John's board comes after Netflix last month fired its top spokesman over use of the N-word.

"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.

Earlier this week, Schnatter used the n-word in a conference call orchestrated by a PR company created to prevent future PR screw-ups.

Bendapudi said she is trying to differentiate between Schnatter and his company, noting multiple times how many people who work at Papa John's and how cutting ties completely could impact them.

The Minnesota Twins have "indefinitely suspended" sales of Papa John's pizza from their activation at Target Field, according to a team spokesman.

Papa John's is the world's third-largest pizza chain, with more than 350 outlets in the United Kingdom and 4,900 restaurants worldwide.

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