Papa John's to cut founder out from all branding

“Regardless of the context I apologize,” Papa John’s founder John Schnatter said Wednesday

The decision was made by top executives but details of the change are still being worked out, according to a person inside the company with knowledge of the decision who wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

Louisville native and commit Aidan Robbins feels the same.

The fallout from Papa John's founder John Schnatter's controversial comment during a conference call continued Friday as University of Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi announced that the school will change the name of its football stadium to Cardinal Stadium from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Schnatter's face has been central to the Papa John's brand since its inception.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, and the company has acknowledged in regulatory filings its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. The company's shares, which had fallen almost 5 percent Wednesday, rebounded 11 percent Thursday after the company announced Schnatter's resignation as chairman.




Schnatter's controversial comment came during a role-playing exercise during a May conference call, which itself was organized in the wake of his comments concerning the NFL, and placing blame on the league's national anthem protests for the company's sales, Forbes reported. Papa John's has noted in regulatory filings that its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. "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.

Every time the Orioles scored five runs or more in a game this season, customers received a 50 percent discount the following day on regularly-priced Papa John's menu items ordered online by using a promo code. He is also the company's biggest shareholder, with 30 percent of the stock.

Papa John's is the world's third-largest pizza chain, with more than 350 outlets in the United Kingdom and 4,900 restaurants worldwide.

To say things have not been going well for Papa John's seems like an understatement. Schnatter apologized and said he would resign as chairman. The University of Louisville, whose stadium Papa John's held the naming rights, has already announced it will remove the logo from the stadium.

Today, it has more than 3,400 locations in North America.

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