Rays suspend Papa John's pizza promotion

Rays suspend Papa John's pizza promotion

Schnatter has always been the face of the pizza brand, and the company has acknowledged in regulatory filings its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

Really good, it turns out, because Schnatter stepped down as Papa John's chairman this week after using a racial slur in a conference call.

Mr Schnatter quit as chief executive past year after criticising the NFL over players' national anthem protests.

Schnatter owns almost 30 percent of the company's shares, which fell after the report but rebounded when he said he would depart as chairman.

The university's stadium will be renamed from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to simply Cardinal Stadium effective immediately, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.

Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that Schnatter's role as its pitchman could be a liability if his reputation was damaged.

Pizza-craving baseball fans have other - and, frankly, better - options at Target Field, including Pizza Lucé (Section 234), by-the-slice Freschetta (Sections 122 and 318), and stone-oven personals (Carew Atrium).

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The deal provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building.

"Our community has been fractured by the comments made by former UofL trustee John Schnatter", Bendapudi said in a statement she read to reporters, adding that the comments were "hurtful and unacceptable". Following the phone call, the agency ended its relationship with Papa John's. 'Regardless of the context, I apologize, ' the statement said.

The decision comes in the wake of Papa John's founder's use of a racial slur earlier this year. Instead, further waded further into controversy after it was revealed that, during the call, he claimed "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--s" but didn't face the same backlash that he had. Schnatter owns almost 30 percent of the stock.

The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's. As of 1:05 p.m. Friday, Papa John's shares are $54.31, up more than 1 percent since the start of the day. For the first three months of this year, Papa John's said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America.

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