Papa John’s founder and ex-CEO John Schnatter admitted to using the N-word during a conference call, following a report on the incident by Forbes.
“Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society,” Schnatter said in a statement.
The pizza chain faced backlash last year when Schnatter blamed the NFL and players’ national anthem protests for Papa John’s subpar sales.
Papa John’s founder and former CEO John Schnatter has admitted to using the N-word in a company conference call and is apologizing for his words.
Last year, Papa John’s faced backlash when Schnatter blamed the NFL and players’ national anthem protests for the chain’s subpar sales. In May, executives at the pizza chain and marketing agency Laundry Service held a conference call in an attempt to prevent further controversies for the brand, Forbes reported early Wednesday morning.
“On the May call, Schnatter was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups online,” a source told Forbes. “He responded by downplaying the significance of his NFL statement. ‘Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s,’ Schnatter allegedly said, before complaining that Sanders never faced public backlash.”
Schnatter also reportedly discussed his early life in Indiana, where a source told Forbes he said “people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died.”
In a statement to Business Insider, Schnatter admitted that he had made the comments reported by Forbes.
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
According to Forbes, Schnatter meant his comments to show his opposition to racism. Instead, a number of people on the call reportedly found the comments …read more
Source:: Business Insider