Six MLB teams have now suspended relationships with Papa John's in the wake of founder John Schnatter's admission of using the N-word during a conference call. McConnell, an avid Louisville football fan, said "there's no place for racism in this country".
It's always fun here when John Schnatter is in the news for embarrassing reasons, because it generally means having a laugh at the "food" that Papa John's calls "pizza" and sells all over America, including with the help of former franchisee Peyton Manning, who got out when the getting out was good.
But "if I could take it off?"
In a radio interview with WHAS in Louisville on Friday, Schnatter said he was "just talking the way that the Colonel talked".
Shares in Papa John's were up more than 3.1% on Friday following the news of the branding overhaul, improving further on the gains made after it was announced that Mr Schnatter was departing as chairman. Still, an image of Schnatter, the "John" of "Papa John's", appears on a wide range of Papa John's materials, including its logo and pizza boxes.
Bendapudi told reporters in Louisville on Thursday that the school would be evaluating the naming rights deal for the football stadium. While he's no longer on the board, John still owns a substantial portion - roughly 30 percent - of the company, CBS points out. Schnatter also stepped down as chairman of the pizza chain's board of directors late Wednesday night.
Keith Hollingsworth, a professor at Morehouse College's business department, said keeping Schnatter on marketing would be a signal to people that the company does not have a problem with his comments, or that it didn't think they were a big deal. During the call, Schnatter was asked how he would separate himself from racist groups online.
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The fallout has already included Major League Baseball indefinitely suspending a promotion with Louisville, Kentucky-based Papa John's that offered people discounts at the pizza chain after a player hit a grand slam. The company also confirmed that it has no plans to rename the brand. The Miami Marlins, meanwhile, announced they would be closing the Papa John's concession stand at their stadium.
Schnatter finally slips and says the N-word out loud.; 2.
Schnatter, 56, quickly apologized, but his namesake company, which operates more than 5,100 locations around the world, is getting smacked by waves of backlash.
"Five years from now, they might be able to start bringing him back". Schnatter owns almost 30 percent of the stock.
According to Forbes, the call involved a role-playing exercise that was supposed to give Mr Schnatter experience in dealing with hard issues. But, "I said it, and it's wrong", he said.
The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's.