Money Papa John's chairman resigns over N-word use

13:25  12 july  2018
13:25  12 july  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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The founder and chairman and Pizza chain Papa John ’ s has resigned hours after being forced to apologise for using a racial slur during a conference call in May. The Forbes news site reported that John Schnatter used the N - word during a media training exercise.

John Schnatter founded Papa John's in 1984 and owns 29% of the company © Reuters John Schnatter founded Papa John's in 1984 and owns 29% of the company

The founder of Papa John's Pizza has resigned as the company's chairman after using the N-word on a conference call.

John Schnatter, who has been the public face of the global restaurant chain, caused controversy in May when he said: "Colonel Sanders called blacks n******."


He then complained that Mr Sanders, who founded KFC, had never received a backlash for using the racial slur.

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John Schnatter resigns as chairman of Papa John ' s . After using the N - word on a conference call, Schnatter has seen a quick fall. Schnatter's remark set of outrage all over social media and with several groups, including the NAACP calling for Schnatter to resign from the University of Louisville

He was the “ John ” in Papa John ’ s , but now he’s out: John Schnatter, founder of the pizza chain, stepped down as chairman following controversy over his use of a racial slur in a media-training conference call. Schnatter had used the N - word during a call with his company’s marketing agency

According to Forbes, the 56-year-old also spoke about his early life in Indiana on the conference call, and claimed people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died.

  Papa John's chairman resigns over N-word use © AP

Although Mr Schnatter's comments were apparently intended to illustrate his opposition to racism, several people on the call said they found his remarks offensive.

Mr Schnatter, who founded Papa John's in 1984 and owns 29% of the company, said: "News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true.

"Regardless of the context, I apologise. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society."

The founder of Papa John's pizza, John Schnatter, apologized for using the N-word on a conference call in May. © Getty The founder of Papa John's pizza, John Schnatter, apologized for using the N-word on a conference call in May.

Late on Wednesday, Papa John's confirmed it had accepted his resignation - adding that it plans to appoint a new chairman in the coming weeks.

He was forced to resign as Papa John's chief executive last year after he criticised the NFL for its handling of national anthem protests by players.

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