When people show you who they are, believe them — the FIRST time!
Papa John’s founder, John Schnatter, has put his foot in his mouth yet again. Apparently, the pizza peddler used the n-word during a conference call in May, and now, two months later, is being taken to task over the inappropriate comment.
Schnatter has confirmed the story, revealing he was on a call with marketing agency Laundry Service when he tried to downplay comments he made about the National Football League last fall by saying, “Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s” and never faced any public backlash at KFC. Bruh!
In case you forgot, last November the pizza Papa blamed the players’ protest for his declining sales and voiced his belief that everyone should stand for the anthem. That prompted the NFL to drop the pizza chain as an official sponsor. Following the incident, Schnatter stepped down as the company’s CEO.
Now, after this most recent gaffe, John has resigned as chairman of the company. However, he’s not completely gone, his face is still featured prominently on the company’s pizza boxes.
For whatever it’s worth, Schnatter says he’s sorry:
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said Wednesday in a statement released by Papa John’s. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”