Papa John's is pulling founder's image from its marketing

Papa John's CEO John Schnatter


Schnatter resigned from Louisville's board of trustees after it was revealed he said a racial slur on a May conference call.

"News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true", Schnatter said in a statement. He remains its largest shareholder, with more than 30% of company stock, and he is still on its board.

Papa John's CEO Steve Richie issued an open letter on Sunday in light of the controversy surrounding comments made by founder John Schnatter.

Additionally, the company has asked Schnatter to "cease all media appearances" and "not make any further statements to the media regarding the company, its business or employees".

Papa John's Founder, John Schnatter, has been anything but a good influence on his own brand/company.

Papa John's announced the change in board leadership following Schnatter's apology for using a racial slur during a conference call in May. The center also said that as of May 2017, Schnatter personally spent $12.5 million for 42 years of name recognition, or about $300,000 a year. "We're not gonna talk about this, '" Schnatter told Louisville radio station WHAS.

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In another interview with WLKY, Schnatter accused the aforementioned marketing agency of trying to blackmail him after he was "pushed" to use the N-word.

Papa John's top leaders "are in the bunker now", working on emergency strategies to fix the company's relationship with consumers, particularly people of color, Schiffer said. The company got a taste of that past year, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.

Papa John's International Inc. began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally. "They took what I said and they ran to Forbes and Forbes printed it and it went viral", he said. Our employees represent all walks of life, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace for all.

To follow-up, we will initiate two-way conversations to invite ongoing feedback from employees and franchisees to ensure that their voices are heard.

As well as the fact that taking a public pro-Papa John's stance-with your wallet nonetheless-was just another way to tacitly endorse racism.

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