Papa John's Founder John Schnatter: 'It Was a Mistake' to Resign

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 18, 2018

Papa John's global founder John Schnatter told the pizza company's other board members on Saturday that he regretted stepping down as the company's chairman last week, saying he gave into pressure without a fair investigation the facts surrounding his admitted use of racial language on a private conference call in May.

Schnatter says the board requested that he step down as chairman without "any investigation" and he should not have complied, according to a letter his representative says was sent to the board Saturday. I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so, ' he said in the letter, which was obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

Schnatter's image will be removed from marketing materials as well because of his action.

Papa John's also continues to cut ties with Schnatter over the incident.

Schnatter came under pressure after a media report that he used a racial slur and graphic descriptions of violence against minorities in a conversation with the company's former media agency, Laundry Service.

Schnatter resigned from Louisville's board of trustees and as the pizza chain's chairman. He stepped down as CEO following backlash but had remained as chairman of the board. 'I will not allow either my good name or the good name of the company I founded and love to be unfairly tainted'. "I then said something on the order of, Colonel Sanders used the word 'N, ' (I actually used the word), that I would never use that word, and Papa John's doesn't use that word", he wrote. The marketing firm did not respond to requests for comment.

Schnatter also offered an apology telling WLKY that he was repeating something someone else said and was "provoked".

"We know we can do better and I'm confident that we will", Ritchie said in May.

"As previously announced, Mr. Schnatter is no longer a spokesperson for the company or the brand", Papa John's said in a statement. He instead said he used the N-word during a conversation on how to distance himself from online racist groups that have rallied for him after he criticized last year's national anthem protests at NFL games. "We're not gonna talk about this, '" Schnatter told Louisville radio station WHAS.

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