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13 July 2018, 12:39 | Anna Jefferson
Papa John’s Founder Allegedly Used The N-Word During A Conference Call
"The statements made on our earnings call were describing the factors that impact our business and we sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society", Schnatter's statement said.
University of Louisville Board of Trustee member John Schnatter listens to the discussion regarding employment of athletic director Tom Jurich, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.
J. David Grissom, the chairman of the university board, said he had spoken to Schnatter on Wednesday.
John Schnatter, founder & Pres. of a chain of Papa John's pizza restaurants, with employees at one of his outlets, making a surprise quality check on a row of pizzas laid out on counter at restaurant in 1997.
According toForbes, the 56-year-old also spoke about his early life in IN on the conference call, and claimed people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died. "We've got to own up and take the hit for our missteps and refocus on the constant pursuit of better that is the DNA of our brand".
Casey Wasserman, the chief executive of Wasserman, the talent management company that owns Laundry Service, declined to comment.
Papa John's founder John Schnatter arrives at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles in 2011.
Forbes reported that the incident took place on a call arranged between Papa John's executives and Laundry Service as a role-playing exercise for Schnatter to prevent future public-relations missteps. He resigned as CEO a few months later.
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