Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

University of Louisville drops Papa John's name from stadium

University of Louisville drops Papa John's name from stadium

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.

Schnatter contributed $20 million toward the construction of the stadium that bears the name of the company he founded.

Papa John's plans to pull founder John Schnatter's image from marketing materials following reports he used a racial slur.

Schnatter, who appears in the chain's commercials and on its pizza boxes, remains chairman of the board at the pizza chain.

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Schnatter remains on the board and is still the company's largest shareholder with almost 30 per cent of the stock.

The deal provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building.

During the call, Schnatter had tried to downplay his National Football League remarks, saying "Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s" as he complained that the KFC founder never faced public backlash.

In addition, Schnatter will keep his shares in the company and remain the largest shareholder with 30 percent of the pizza chain's stock. The pizza chain said Friday there are no plans to change its name.

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The slur occurred during a media training conference call in May between top staff at Papa John's and a marketing agency called Laundry Service. Their statement condemned Schnatter, but noted that the Astros "are proud of our 10-year partnership with Houston Pizza Venture, a local Houston business and owner of the local franchisees. But at the moment, you have to be very decisive and show you take this very seriously", Hollingsworth said.

According to Forbes, the call involved a role-playing exercise that was supposed to give Mr Schnatter experience in dealing with hard issues. Several people told Friedland how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the word was. The University of Louisville said it will remove the Papa John's name from its football stadium, and that it will rename the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at its business college. 'Regardless of the context, I apologize, ' the statement said.

Today, it has more than 3,400 locations in North America.

The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's.

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