Nationals end ties with Papa John’s after founder’s use of racial slur

“Regardless of the context I apologize,” Papa John’s founder John Schnatter said Wednesday

Papa John's will pull the image of founder John Schnatter from its logo and TV adverts after he used the N-word during a media training session about how to avoid PR blunders.

Schnatter submitted his resignation Wednesday as a member of the university's board of trustees after Louisville National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called for Schnatter to either step down or be removed from the board, according to the Courier-Journal. While the comments were seemingly meant to denounce racism, several people on the call said they were offended by them, Forbes reported.

Papa John's Pizza will remove images of ousted company founder "Papa" John Schnatter from future marketing materials, according to a report on Friday.

When the news of the call broke this week, shares in the pizza chain plummeted by 5.9 per cent, wiping $96.2million off its market value, and Schnatter announced he would resign as chairman.

Major League Baseball also confirmed that it suspended indefinitely a promotion with Papa John's that offered people discounts at the pizza chain after a player hit a grand slam.

While many have put their relationships with the brand on hold, there were a few teams across the league that made a decision to maintain their deals with Papa John's, disavowing Schnatter's comments and praising the brand for its swift action, while cited long-running partnerships with local store owners and operators who shared their values.

Schnatter has also stepped down as the company's board chairman after apologizing for the comment earlier this week.




"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.

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

Papa John's did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Papa John's, based in Louisville, Kentucky, began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally.

The incident prompted Papa John's marketing firm to break ties with the company, Forbes said.

The company told the publication it is still working out the exact timing and details as to how it plans to remove Schnatter, who has always been the face of the chain, from advertisements.

The face of Papa John's is being sliced out of its ads. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language. The company's shares, which had fallen almost 5 percent Wednesday, rebounded 11 percent Thursday after the company announced Schnatter's resignation as chairman.

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