Papa John's Scraps Founder John Schnatter From Branding

Saturday, 14 Jul, 2018

Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi announced Friday the school will strip the Papa John's name from its football stadium, renaming it Cardinal Stadium.

Schnatter resigned from his company on July 12 after taking flack for using the n-word during a training session on workplace behavior. The slur usage came during a call that involved, among others, a marketing agency that was helping "prepare him for an interview to try to fix his public image" in the wake of the NFL's national anthem controversy.

"Anything I say or do that hurts the people I care upsetting, it's not right", Schnatter said in an interview with WHAS-AM, a Louisville station.

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

The school has not looked into new sponsorship deals to rename the stadium, Bendapudi said. The Charles Koch Foundation contributed $4 million to help start the center.

The No. 4 US pizza chain had already been showing less of Schnatter in its major campaigns.

When discussing how he would distance himself from racist groups, Mr Schnatter said that Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC, had never faced criticism for using the N-word, Forbes reported.

The Minnesota Twins have "indefinitely suspended" the worldwide pizza chain from their Minneapolis stadium, Twins communications director Dustin Morse says. We want to regain trust, though I know we need to earn it. Papa John's is now scrubbing Schnatter's image from its packaging and marketing materials. 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. As part of that process, we will establish a process for communicating progress against transparent goals to everyone in our Papa John's family. He resigned as CEO soon after.

Schnatter also reportedly said that when he was growing up in IN, people would drag black people from trucks until they died. He owns almost 30 percent of the shares, and remains on the board even after ceding his role as chairman.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins were the first Major League Baseball teams to publicly end their relationships with Papa John's.

"In response to the reprehensible remarks made by Papa John's founder and owner, the New York Yankees are suspending their relationship with the company", it said in a tweet. The Miami Marlins announced Thursday they would also suspended their relationship.