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Papa John's starts pulling founder's image from marketing

July 16 2018, 04:45 | Van Peters

Papa John Schnatter- The Founder CEO & President of Papa John's Pizza

Papa John Schnatter- The Founder CEO & President of Papa John's Pizza

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 had used the slur during a media training exercise in May, Forbes reported this week.

The university's president, Neeli Bendapudi, said she informed both Schnatter, 56, and Papa John's global of the unilateral decision to end their relationship. Schnatter apologized and said he would resign as chairman. When asked how he would distance himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using the word.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, and Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that its business could be hurt if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

The Twins have "indefinitely suspended" the pizza chain from Target Field, team communications director Dustin Morse told City Pages. But, "I said it, and it's wrong", he said.

The stadium's name will be changed from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to simply Cardinal Stadium.

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A Papa John's spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that it will erase its founder's image from all advertising. Oh, no, it was the "derogatory and insensitive comments" - the fact that he said one particular no-no word.

Schnatter, who was already drowning in bad PR for suggesting previous year that National Football League anthem protests were hurting pizza sales, arranged last spring's conference call to strategize ways to avoid bad PR.

The university also plans to remove Schnatter's name from the Center for Free Enterprise at its business school. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language. For the first three months of this year, Papa John's said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America.

Schnatter, who served as Papa John's CEO until January, has been prominently featured in the chain's television commercials and print advertisements for years.

Every time the Orioles scored five runs or more in a game this season, customers received a 50 percent discount the following day on regularly-priced Papa John's menu items ordered online by using a promo code.

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

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