U of Louisville stadium removes Papa John’s name

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

McConnell, an avid Louisville football fan, said "there's no place for racism in this country".

Some in the UofL community, including current football players, called on Bendapudi to change the stadium's name after Schnatter's comment. Since then, the fallout has been swift: Schnatter resigned from the school's board of trustees and as Papa John's chairman.

Papa John's plans to pull founder John Schnatter's image from marketing materials following reports he used a racial slur.

The decision came Thursday morning by AMB Sports & Entertainment which owns the teams and oversees the operations at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Schnatter is still on the board and is the company's largest shareholder - meaning he remains a key presence. Schnatter also stepped down as chairman of the pizza chain's board of directors late Wednesday night.

Keith Hollingsworth, a professor with Morehouse College's business department, said keeping Schnatter in the marketing and advertising would signal to people that the company does not have a problem with his comments, or that it doesn't think they are a big deal. During the call, Schnatter was asked how he would separate himself from racist groups online.

The Astros, a well-run organization that is the defending World Series champion, also included a statement from Houston Pizza Venture president Keith Sullins: "I want everyone in the city of Houston to know that Mr. Schnatter's statements are indefensible and in no way represent the views of anyone in our company", which, just given math and sample sizes, can not possibly be true, but at least reads well. The person was not aware of any plans to change the pizza chain's name.

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Laundry Service cut ties with Papa John's shortly after.

Schnatter apologized for the remarks Wednesday. Take, for example, one from the summer of 2016, when Schnatter's usual red Papa John's shirt was replaced with a "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit in a 30-second TV spot and on a movie-themed pizza box.

'Five years from now, they might be able to start bringing him back.

Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise, Forbes said. Several people told Friedland how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the word was. The Rangers' promotion centered around a 50-percent-off offer the day after the club scored at least seven runs.

The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's.

Today, it has more than 3,400 locations in North America.

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