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Target Field dumps disgraced pizza vendor Papa John's

Target Field dumps disgraced pizza vendor Papa John's

The university's president said the school will evaluate the naming arrangement for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but noted that the matter involved contractual agreements, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Schnatter used the N-word on a company conference call this spring during a training exercise discussing racial issues.

She said she talked to Papa John's CEO Steve Ritchie and company board members.

The Mariners have suspended their relationship with Papa John's indefinitely, the club confirmed to The Seattle Times on Friday, joining a growing list of Major League Baseball organizations to sever ties with the pizza company following the news of its founder's use of a racial slur on a company phone call.

Friday's decision did not touch on UofL's ties with Papa John's as a company, including an exclusive deal that allows only Papa John's pizza to be sold in the stadium.

Schnatter blamed Papa John's disappointing sales last fall on protests by NFL players during the national anthem, causing a backlash and leading to his resignation as company CEO in January.

Earlier this week, Schnatter used the n-word in a conference call orchestrated by a PR company created to prevent future PR screw-ups.




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 his reputation was damaged.

"Regardless of the context, I apologize", the statement said.

After Forbes broke the story, Schnatter's name was swiftly removed from Nachand Fieldhouse in Jeffersonville, Ind., and a spokesperson with Papa John's confirmed to Insider Louisville Friday morning that the company is in the process of pulling Schnatter's image from its marketing and advertising.

Schnatter also reportedly said that when he was growing up in IN, people would drag black people from trucks until they died.

Friedland, who is white, later repeated the word with human resources staff trying to address the original incident, Netflix said. The NFL announced it was ending a partnership with the company earlier this year.

Papa John's, based in Louisville, Kentucky, began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally. In addition, Schnatter will keep his shares in the company and remain the largest shareholder with 30 percent of the pizza chain's stock. For the first three months of this year, the chain said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America.