University Of Louisville To Remove Papa John's From Stadium Name

University Of Louisville To Remove Papa John's From Stadium Name

Schnatter, who appears in the chain's commercials and on its pizza boxes, remains chairman of the board at the pizza chain. Our employees represent all walks of life, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace for all.

It was all part of continuing efforts of Papa John's to further publicly distance itself from Schnatter after Forbes reported he used the N-word during a conference call in May. The marketing agency proceeded to drop Papa John's as a client, even at significant financial cost, according to Forbes.

In a statement released by Papa John's, Schnatter said reports attributing use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language to him were true.

The decision came Thursday morning by AMB Sports & Entertainment which owns the teams and oversees the operations at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Its goal, according to Forbes, was to "prevent further public-relations snafus".

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.

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It's the second time in just the past few months that comments from Schnatter have cost the brand relationships with big partners in the sporting world.

Ricky L. Jones, a University of Louisville professor who speaks and writes about race relations, applauded Schnatter for agreeing to the name change.

First, we will identify and retain an independent and outside expert to audit all of our existing processes, policies and systems related to diversity and inclusion, supplier engagement and Papa John's culture. On Friday, the Texas Rangers followed in the footsteps of the Marlins and the Rays, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Royals, Nationals and Orioles have since joined, too. The team said in a statement they "do not condone discrimination of any kind".

The baseball team joined several other MLB franchises to condemn Schnatter's comments and suspend promotions, saying the team does not "condone discrimination of any kind".

Schnatter also reflected on his childhood in IN while on the call and said people in the Hoosier State used to kill African Americans by dragging them from the back of vehicles.

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