Papa John's founder resigns as chairman over N-word controversy

Papa John's founder apologizes for using N-word during sensitivity training conference call

Papa John's founder apologizes for using N-word during sensitivity training conference call

He also complained the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder never faced the kind of public backlash as Papa John's did.

Schnatter, of course, made headlines-not the kind he likes-in November of previous year, when during the company's quarterly conference call he suggested that the NFL's handling of the fallout from players kneeling in protest during the national anthem had dragged down sales.

His dropping of the N-bomb occurred during a role playing game where he was asked how he would distance himself from hate or racist groups.

Schnatter also reportedly discussed his early life in IN, where a source told Forbes he said "people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died".

Sources told Forbes that Schnatter had made the comments in a misguided attempt to show his aversion to racism but many on the call were left offended.

"Regardless of the context, I apologize", he said in his statement confirming the report. So the school can't simply keep the name in place and say it's no big deal because Schnatter is no longer associated with the company that has his name.

The pizza chain saw its shares fall as much as 5.9 percent on Wednesday as the reports about Schnatter emerged.

Hours later, the pizza company he founded in the 1980s announced in a brief statement that Schnatter had quit the board.

Schnatter also resigned Wednesday from the University of Louisville board of trustees.

Schnatter resigned as Papa John's chief executive last December amid slowing sales. Lest you think any kind of justice has been served, though, Laundry Service recently had to lay off 10% of its employees - partially because it lost Papa John's as a client.

In a statement released by the company, Schnatter admitted the reports of him using "inappropriate and hurtful" language were true.

But the apology wasn't enough for Major League Baseball.

"After speaking with John, I'm confident that his comments, while inappropriate, don't reflect his personal beliefs or values", board Chairman J.

In March, Papa John's announced it had ended its sponsorship deal with the National Football League after months of controversies and slumping sales.

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