Mariners suspend relationship with Papa John’s after reports of founder’s racist slur

Jul 14, 2018, 01:35
Mariners suspend relationship with Papa John’s after reports of founder’s racist slur

Schnatter has always been the face of the pizza brand, and the company has acknowledged in regulatory filings its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

Schnatter resigned as chairman of the board earlier this week after Forbes reported that he used the N-word during a call between Papa John's officials and executives from the marketing agency Laundry Service. He had stepped down as CEO a year ago after blaming disappointing pizza delivery sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.

When the news of the call broke this week, shares in the pizza chain plummeted by 5.9 per cent, wiping $96.2million off its market value, and Schnatter announced he would resign as chairman.

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While Papa John's was once ubiquitous with the sports world, it's partnerships have fallen off over the past few months due to Schnatter's actions.

But the school faced mounting pressure from a number of constituents, including football players Seth Dawkins and Jaylen Smith, to drop the company's name from the stadium.

Companies can leverage great personal stories to connect with customers, said Keith Hollingsworth, a professor at Morehouse College's business department. Schnatter attended Louisville, was a major donor to the school and was a member of the school's Board of Trustees until he resigned from it on Wednesday.

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Schnatter donated $14 million personally to help fund the 20-year-old stadium's construction and subsequent expansion, and the Papa John's company added another $6 million, according to the Courier-Journal. The Miami Marlins, meanwhile, announced they would be closing the Papa John's concession stand at their stadium.

"Colonel Sanders called blacks n--s", Schnatter reportedly said on the call. The slur usage came during a call that involved, among others, a marketing agency that was helping "prepare him for an interview to try to fix his public image" in the wake of the NFL's national anthem controversy. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language. Schnatter owns almost 30 percent of the stock. 'Regardless of the context, I apologize, ' the statement said.

The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's. The Baltimore Orioles, no strangers to embarrassment themselves in 2018, suspended their efforts to poison fans with 50% Papa John's discounts every time the team scores five or more runs - a promotion activated 29 times in 93 games this year.

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