Papa John's John Schnatter denies being racist

Papa John's founder resignation mistake John Schnatter racial slur

The Associated Press reports the company has started to remove his image from their marketing after he admitted to using the n-word during a media training conference call.

"The derogatory and insensitive comments made by Papa John's founder John Schnatter are not reflective of Oregon State University's values and the inclusive environment we strive to foster throughout the university community and within OSU Athletics for all student-athletes and fans", Barnes said in a statement on Monday.

John Schnatter and his legal team sent letters to the Papa Johns Board of Directors in the wake of Schnatter's resignation from the board.

Schnatter alleged in the WLKY interview that he was "kind of provoked" into using the slur in the call, and he thought that the content of the call would be confidential. Though Schnatter resigned as chairman this month and no longer holds a formal management role, he remains on the board and still owns about 30 percent of the company's shares. "I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so", Schnatter said in a letter dated July 14, a copy of which was obtained by WDRB News. 'I will not allow either my good name or the good name of the company I founded and love to be unfairly tainted'. The marketing firm did not respond to requests for comment.

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The outspoken executive has been in hot water since last week when a transcript of an internal May conference call was leaked that revealed Schnatter had used the N-word. "But they actually wanted to get into that vocabulary, and I said absolutely not".

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

Laundry Service and Wasserman declined to comment on the email. "The company has specifically requested that Mr. Schnatter cease all media appearances, and not make any further statements to the media regarding the company, its business or employees".

Papa John's has also remained silent on the ousted CEO's claims and continues to distance itself from Schnatter. He stepped down as CEO in December after criticizing National Football League players for kneeling during the national anthem, blaming the outcry surrounding their protests for slowing sales growth at Papa John's, at the time an NFL sponsor and advertiser. "We're not gonna talk about this, '" Schnatter told Louisville radio station WHAS.

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