Papa John's logo to change after founder uses N-word

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

The University of Louisville has renamed Papa John's Cardinal Stadium "Cardinal Stadium", the latest in the fallout since Papa John's International Founder John Schnatter admitted on Wednesday that he used a racial slur in a business conference call in May.

Bendapudi also explained she spoke with Schnatter, who supported the decision to remove the name so it won't be a distraction to the program, according to 93.9 The Ville.

On Wednesday, Papa John's founder John Schnatter quit his chairman of the board role after it was reported that he used the N-word during a conference call in May.

While many have put their relationships with the brand on hold, there were a few teams across the league that chose to maintain their deals with Papa John's, disavowing Schnatter's comments and praising the brand for its swift action, while cited long-running partnerships with local store owners and operators who shared their values.

Several current Louisville football players expressed on Thursday a desire to have the name of the stadium changed as well.

The Marlins also suspended a similar promotion, saying in a statement that Schnatter's "derogatory and insensitive" comments were not reflective of their organizational values and the inclusive environment they seek to provide.

"We understand this comes with certain consequences, and we have examined all of those", Bendapudi said, not clarifying what the consequences could be.

Bendapudi said Schnatter was apologetic in a conversation they had recently and that he was "very supportive" of taking his name off the Center for Free Enterprise. The promotion was suspended after CEO John Schnatter resigned in the wake of racial remarks.

The Minnesota Twins have "indefinitely suspended" the worldwide pizza chain from their Minneapolis stadium, Twins communications director Dustin Morse says. "News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true", he said in a statement released by Papa John's.

A Papa John's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But even though it's the company's name on the stadium, "It is a feeling this time that there is too much hurt around it, and the company understands it's a hard decision".