Louisville evaluating Papa John’s stadium name

Louisville evaluating Papa John’s stadium name

Papa John's confirmed Friday that it plans to remove founder John Schnatter's likeness from its marketing, an announcement that comes on the heels of his being exposed for using the "n"-word in a conference call, and then resigning as chairman of the board". Schnatter released a statement Wednesday apologizing, which said in part, "Regardless of the context, I apologize".

It's always fun here when John Schnatter is in the news for embarrassing reasons, because it generally means having a laugh at the "food" that Papa John's calls "pizza" and sells all over America, including with the help of former franchisee Peyton Manning, who got out when the getting out was good.

Schnatter apologized for the remarks Wednesday.

During the call, Schnatter had tried to downplay his National Football League remarks, saying "Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s" as he complained that the KFC founder never faced public backlash. The University of Louisville also said Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees, and that the school will evaluate the naming arrangement for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. He is also the company's biggest shareholder, with 30 percent of the stock.

The University of Louisville is removing the Papa John's name from its football stadium.

In addition to appearing in TV ads, Schnatter's image has been on packaging and at the center of a logo that usually was all over the website of the Louisville, Kentucky-based company.

The deal provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building.

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Schnatter owns almost 30 percent of the company's shares, which fell after the report but rebounded when he said he would depart as chairman. Several people told Friedland how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the word was.

Other fallout continued Friday.

Louisville receivers Seth Dawkins and Jaylen Smith made it quite clear that they want the name of the stadium to be changed.

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.

The Washington Nationals have severed ties with Papa John's days after founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company's board.

Papa John's International Inc. began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally.

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