Papa John Has F*cked Up Once Again
12 Jul, 2018
After a day in which he admitted he used a racial slur, John Schnatter resigned from the company he built.
Papa John’s International announced late Wednesday that Schnatter had resigned as chairman. The company will appoint a new chairman in “in the coming weeks.”
The resignation ends a day which began with a story from Forbes in which Schnatter was said to have used the N-word on a call with a public relations firm that was designed to help the company avoid more public relations issues.
By 2 p.m., nine hours after the Forbes story was published online, Schnatter, the pizza baron and self-made billionaire, released a statement admitting he’d used the slur and apologizing.
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
Schnatter then resigned from the University of Louisville board.
The mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana, had Schnatter’s name removed from a historic fieldhouse that he had donated $800,000 to restore. After the donation, the Nachand Fieldhouse had been renamed in Schnatter’s honor in his hometown of Jeffersonville,
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