Shaquille O’Neal announced he was joining Papa John’s board of directors and investing in nine Atlanta-based locations. The move came just over a year after the company’s founder, John Schnatter, resigned as chairman for using a racial slur during a conference call. O’Neal has also replaced Schnatter in the brand’s ads.

Now all these months later, things are going well for Shaq and his latest venture.  

One problem.  that pesky Papa John keeps opening up his mouth.  

In October, Schnatter told FOX Business that no one on the board knows anything about pizza, and franchises are under “a lot of duress” because the unit economics are not healthy.

What’s more, in November, Schnatter told Fox affiliate WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky, that he believes the company’s new management has changed his famous pizza recipe.

Now Shaq is responding to his claims. 

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