Papa John’s continues to take Ls after news that the company’s founder, John Schnatter, dropped the N-word on a conference call.
The company was already out as the official pizza of the NFL. In addition to that move, Schnatter’s name is being removed from Louisville’s football stadium.
Now the MLB is ending their “Papa Slam” promotion. As are teams who had promotional deals with the pizza company.
Schnatter claimed in an interview on Friday that he was pressured to use the N-word on the call.
Via NY Post:
On Friday afternoon, Schnatter, in an interview on WHAS, a Louisville radio station, said he was pressured to use the N-word during the conference call.
“The agency was promoting that vocabulary … They pushed me. And it upset me,” he told host Terry Meiners.
“It’s caused a lot of grief for my community, for my university,” Schnatter noted. “My employees are distraught, they’re crushed, and it’s all because I was sloppy and I wasn’t as sensitive. It’s the same mistake I made on the NFL comments.”
Just a friendly reminder that you should keep some comments to yourself. Especially if you’re running a company the size of Papa John’s. A little bit of garlic butter isn’t going to make this any better.