Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sen. McConnell supports changing Papa John's stadium name

Sen. McConnell supports changing Papa John's stadium name

Papa John's stock is up almost 3% Friday on the news.

A Papa John's spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that it will erase its founder's image from all advertising.

Schnatter, who was a longtime visible presence in Papa John's commercial campaigns, admitted to making a racial slur during a company conference call in May.

Papa John's latest controversy has begun to cost the brand relationships with baseball teams across the majors.

Schnatter's decision to step down as chairman of Papa John's board comes after Netflix last month fired its top spokesman over use of the N-word. The company's shares, which had fallen almost 5 percent Wednesday, rebounded 11 percent Thursday after the company announced Schnatter's resignation as chairman.

Schnatter resigned from the U of L Board of Trustees and the board of his company Wednesday after Forbes published a reportthat he had used the n-word during a conference call. He had stepped down as CEO past year after blaming disappointing pizza delivery sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.

Schnatter later apologized for the remark, which was made during a media training exercise after he was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups.

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On Friday afternoon, the University of Louisville said it would remove the Papa John's name from the university's Cardinals Stadium.

Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language.

A slice of cheese pizza at a Papa John's pizza shop in Quincy, Mass. Schnatter released a statement Wednesday apologizing, which said in part, "Regardless of the context, I apologize".

"Mr. Schnatter's derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the value of our organization", the Marlins statement said.

Keith Hollingsworth, a professor at Morehouse College's business department, said keeping Schnatter on marketing would be a signal to people that the company does not have a problem with his comments, or that it didn't think they were a big deal.

Earlier this week, Schnatter used the n-word in a conference call orchestrated by a PR company created to prevent future PR screw-ups.

AP reports that Schnatter's face had been removed from some marketing materials as early as Friday morning, even though the company says all further details are still being worked out.

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