Papa John’s founder apologizes for using the ’n-word’ in conference call

Papa John’s founder apologizes for using the ’n-word’ in conference call

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(Courtesy Papa John's Facebook page.)

Update: John Schnatter resigned late Wednesday Papa John’s Chairman of the Board, the company announced in a statement.

“Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA)today announced that the independent directors of the company have accepted the resignation of John H. Schnatter as Chairman of the Board,” the statement reads. “Olivia Kirtley acts as the company’s Lead Independent Director. Papa John’s will appoint a new Chairman of the Board in the coming weeks.”

The resignation comes after Schnatter was revealed to have used a racial slur on a conference call in May.

WASHINGTON — John Schnatter, the founder of pizza chain Papa Johns, apologized Wednesday for using a racial slur during a conference call in May.

“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 sent to various media outlets. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”

Forbes reported Wednesday that Schnatter said the “n-word’ during a conference call with marketing agency Laundry Service based around helping Schnatter avoid future public relations issues.

According to Forbes, Schnatter attempted to downplay the issues he has previously caused for the pizza giant by pointing to Harland David Sanders, the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder better known as “Colonel Sanders.”

“Colonel Sanders called blacks n——s,” Schnatter said.

Last November, Schnatter sparked controversy for condemning the NFL for failing to stop players from kneeling during the National Anthem, going on to suggest that it had ultimately lead to lower pizza sales.

The pizza chain offered an apology in the aftermath.

Papa John’s was the official pizza of the NFL at the time, but the sponsorship deal ended in February.

Since the story broke, Papa John’s stock has dropped by over 4 percent.

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