Papa John's further shuns founder, evicting him from offices

Gladys Abbott
July 18, 2018

Disgraced Papa John's founder John Schnatter has been kicked out of his office after making a racial slur during a conference call. Schnatter says while his comments were taken out of context, he understands his words hurt people.

"When we started working with the University of Kentucky to create the John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise in 2015, our focus was, and remains to this day, the students, who benefit from understanding the role free markets play in the economy and society".

The University of Louisville has also chose to take John Schnatter's name off of the business school. "Papa John's is a pizza company with 120,000 corporate and franchise team members around the world", he said in a statement.

Back in February, the National Football League itself parted ways with Papa John's after Schnatter blamed the powers to be for not handling the kneeling situation, because it was hurting his sales. News came out that John Schnatter, CEO of the company, used the n-word during a radio interview and everything has fallen apart for the company.

The site's "About Us" section also no longer includes a section called "Our Story" which described Schnatter's founding of the company in Jeffersonville, Indiana in the mid-1980s.

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A school spokesperson told the Louisville Courier-Journal that school president Neeli Bendapudi had reached out to Schnatter via text before she made the announcement public on Friday morning and Schnatter didn't respond. On Saturday, Schnatter told CNN affiliate WLKY-TV in Louisville that the ad agency extorted him.

Now, on Twitter, some conservatives want you to know that Papa John did nothing wrong and are buying the pizza to support it. "There is nothing more important for Papa John's right now", he said. He had previously resigned as the company's CEO in December. Our employees represent all walks of life, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace for all. Papa John's used that deal to promote several offers, including a "Papa Slam" that gave customers 40% off online orders if a player hit a grand slam.

"Racism and any insensitive language, no matter what the context simply can not - and will not - be tolerated at any level of our company", the letter said. We will then set clear goals to do better.

In the future, the special committee intends to supervise an external audit and investigation that will be conducted on the company's existing processes, policies, and systems related to diversity and inclusion, supplier and vendor engagement, and company culture. As the leader of Papa John's, I'm sorry.

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