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Papa John's will drop founder John Schnatter from logo and adverts

14 July, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Tommie Newton
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The slur occurred during a media training conference call in May between top staff at Papa John's and a marketing agency called Laundry Service. While the comments were seemingly meant to denounce racism, several people on the call said they were offended by them, Forbes reported.

Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter as a spokesman in logos and TV ads, has begun pulling his image from its marketing and pledged to assess its diversity practices in response to his use of a racial slur.

This latest embarrassment for a brand whose very existence is one spurred Major League Baseball to suspend one of the dumbest corporate promotions in sports, the "Papa Slam", which granted 40% off the price of pizza to fans everywhere, anytime a player hit a grand slam - and resulted in "Papa Slam" being used repeatedly on the official website of a major professional sports league. Still, an image of Schnatter, the "John" of "Papa John's", appears on a wide range of Papa John's materials, including its logo and pizza boxes. While he's no longer on the board, John still owns a substantial portion - roughly 30 percent - of the company, CBS points out. 'Regardless of the context, I apologize, ' the statement said.

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.

"Papa John's is not an individual".

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Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi announced Friday the school will strip the Papa John's name from its football stadium, renaming it Cardinal Stadium.

The company told the publication it is still working out the exact timing and details as to how it plans to remove Schnatter, who has always been the face of the chain, from advertisements. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says he would remove Papa John's name from the University of Louisville's football stadium if he "had the ability to do that". For the first three months of this year, the chain said a key sales figure fell 5.3 per cent in North America.

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.

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