Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Papa John's to remove founder's image from ads

Papa John's to remove founder's image from ads

While Schnatter has since resigned from his role with the pizza chain, the company is still dealing with the fallout of the controversy, and has now lost promotional deals with teams across baseball - the Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, and Baltimore Orioles have all either paused or cancelled relationships they had with the brand.

Schnatter submitted his resignation Wednesday as a member of the university's board of trustees after Louisville National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called for Schnatter to either step down or be removed from the board, according to the Courier-Journal.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, and Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that its business could be hurt if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

Asked whether she was daring the company to sue over the name change, Bendapudi said, "It's not that type of situation at all". Schnatter apologized and said he would resign as chairman.

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This week, Papa John's was already trying to further publicly distance itself from Schnatter after Forbes reported he used the N-word during a conference call in May.

It's not yet clear how quickly the company will be able to remove Schnatter from marketing materials, the person with knowledge of the decision said.

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 company's website. It was still there as of Friday morning.

The Marlins also suspended a similar promotion, saying in a statement that Schnatter's "derogatory and insensitive" comments were not reflective of their organizational values and the inclusive environment they seek to provide.

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Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise, Forbes said.

Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is now simply Cardinal Stadium.

Participating area Papa John's stores had offered 50 percent off pizza orders the day after a Nats win. He apologized to her, adding that he didn't want to be a "distraction", she said.

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

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