Papa John's logo to change after founder uses N-word

Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur

Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur More

Wednesday, John Schnatter, founder of Papa John's, resigned not only as the chairman of the pizza giant but also gave up his seat on Louisville's Board of Trustees after he acknowledged that he used the N-word during a business conference call this past May. The Rangers' promotion centered around a 50-percent-off offer the day after the club scored at least seven runs. But Yankees first baseman Greg Bird's grand slam against the Orioles on Wednesday didn't receive that treatment.

With its latest controversy, Papa John's relationships with professional sports have diminished even further.

- More bad news for Papa John's after reports founder John Schnatter used a racial slur. During the call, Schnatter was asked how he would separate himself from racist groups online.

Incredibly, the National Football League was ahead of the curve on this one, cutting ties with Papa John's back in February, months before Schnatter finally showed his ass - which will, done literally, get you booted from a Papa John's outlet, while, done figuratively, will get you booted from the boardroom.

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Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language.

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.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, appearing on pizza boxes and in TV ads for the chain.

A person inside the company with knowledge of the decision said the decision to remove Schnatter as the marketing face of Papa John's was made by top executives and the details and exact timing are still being worked out.

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Schnatter blamed Papa John's disappointing sales last fall on protests by NFL players during the national anthem, causing a backlash and leading to his resignation as company CEO in January. "I am sure that he will say that he is sorry that he has hurt so many people, including - I know - students that he cares a great deal about".

The University of Louisville is renaming Papa John's Cardinal Stadium effective immediately, the school announced Friday. He is also the company's biggest shareholder, with 30 percent of the stock.

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

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