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United Kingdom cuts all ties with John Schnatter following controversy over racial slur

United Kingdom cuts all ties with John Schnatter following controversy over racial slur

In a statement, John said this: "News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true".

Papa John's plans to pull founder John Schnatter's image from marketing materials following reports he used a racial slur. While the comments were seemingly meant to denounce racism, several people on the call said they were offended by them, Forbes reported.

Schnatter, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Papa John's International, Inc. rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell at NASDAQ MarketSite on January 31, 2014 in New York City.

Schnatter apologized for the remarks Wednesday.

During the call, he reportedly said "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--" and never faced backlash.

MLB's "Papa Slam" promotion gave people discounts on pizza when players hit grand slams.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, and Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that its business could be hurt if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

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Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said the move "appears reckless and is not a targeted approach". That prompted fears Beijing might go beyond matching US import tax increases by harassing American companies in China.

With the Louisville Cardinal football stadium being named after a company that was founded by someone who is now perceived as a racist, this puts UofL in a tough spot.

"I said it, and it's wrong", he said.

"We are glad that at a national level, Papa John's took swift action to deal with the issue", said the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to ABC15. The University of Louisville also said Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees, and that the school will evaluate the naming arrangement for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The company told the publication it is still working out the exact timing and details as to how it plans to remove Schnatter, who has always been the face of the chain, from advertisements. Papa John's has noted in regulatory filings that its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

The 56-year-old executive also stepped down as CEO last January, two months after he ripped the NFL, a corporate partner at the time, for its handling of player national anthem protests.

Starbucks also recently fired a store employee for insensitivity, and earlier this year closed thousands of US stores for an afternoon to give employees anti-racial bias training after an uproar over two black men being arrested while waiting for a meeting. Schnatter owns almost 30 percent of the stock.

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