Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Papa John's founder loses office in corporate headquarters over racial slur

Papa John's founder loses office in corporate headquarters over racial slur

The committee also told the company to terminate a sublease granting Schnatter the right to use office space at the headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, according to the statement.

He is also questioning how the company's board investigated his use of a racial slur.

In the call, he also spoke of growing up in IN, allegedly saying that "people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died", and the report said he was trying to convey opposition to racism, according to Forbes.

Schnatter, Papa John's founder and former CEO, stepped down as chairman of the board last week after Forbes reported that he had used the N-word during a conference call with Laundry Service executives last May. The board is now trying to kick him off entirely and, in response, Schnatter has now said it was a mistake for him to step down as chairman.

Not for his awful haircut or use of racial slurs, but for stepping down as CEO. "I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so", Schnatter wrote in the letter dated Saturday, according to the newspaper.

The revelation of the N-word comments forced him to step down as chairman. "I will not allow either my good name or the good name of the company I founded and love to be unfairly tainted". "They took what I said and they ran to Forbes and Forbes printed it and it went viral". However, he said the comments were taken out of context and that he was provoked into using the N-word after Laundry Service suggested the company bring on performer Kanye West as a co-spokesman for television spots and promotions.

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He told a local station in Louisville on Friday that he was goaded into using the slur during the conference call.

John Schnatter is adding his resignation to his lists of regrets.

Schnatter wrote that he answered "no" when asked if he was a racist during media training in May.

"I don't condone racism in any way".

Though the company still plans to keep the name Papa John's, its CEO, Steve Ritchie, said in a statement the company never centered around Schnatter.

The decision follows similar moves in recent days by the University of Louisville ― which said it will rename a stadium bearing the company's name ― and a variety of professional sports franchises, including teams in Major League Baseball.

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