Papa John’s CEO Allegedly Dropped Hard N-Word During A Conference Call Earlier This Spring

Jena Greene | Reporter

Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is in hot water this week for allegedly dropping a racial slur during a conference call last May.

Forbes reported the following:

On the May call, Schnatter was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups online. 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 reflected on his early life in Indiana, where, he said, people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died. He apparently intended for the remarks to convey his antipathy to racism, but multiple individuals on the call found them to be offensive, the source said. After learning about the incident, Laundry Service owner Casey Wasserman moved to terminate the company’s contract with Papa John’s.

Back in early November, Schnatter came under fire for blaming his slipping sales on the NFL’s anthem protests. (RELATED: Papa John’s CEO Has Some Strong Words For NFL Leadership)

“The NFL has hurt us,” he said during an earnings call. “We are disappointed the NFL, and its leadership did not resolve this.” (RELATED: Peyton Manning Sells His Stake In 31 Papa John’s Restaurants) 

Since this July 10 report came out, Papa John’s issued a statement but did not deny Schnatter’s comments.

“Papa John’s condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting,” the company said. “We take great pride in the diversity of the Papa John’s family, though diversity and inclusion is an area we will continue to strive to do better.”

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