Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter as a spokesman in logos and TV ads, has begun pulling his image from its marketing and pledged to assess its diversity practices in response to his use of a racial slur.
A spokeswoman for Laundry Services, the marketing firm that conducted the training, told Insider Louisville that it had no comment on Schnatter's latest accusations. Netflix said Jonathan Friedland used the word in a meeting of public relations staff about sensitive words. In a statement to the media, Schnatter took responsibility for his comments, saying "regardless of the context, I apologize ..." for using "inappropriate and hurtful" language.
"The NFL also said they got rid of us, but we got rid of them", Schnatter said. We've had enough success where we get to pick who we do business with. In fact, they even said if you don't.they wanted $6 million to make it go away. I'm like, I'm not paying you six million dollars.
"I'm not for sale", he told WLKY News in Louisville.
All the while, state and federal support for higher education is decreasing, gifts to individual institutions from corporations and foundations levels off as most prefer to donate to consortia or conglomerates where they feel they can get a bigger bang for their buck, and conversations about affordability rage on.
Our senior management team will be on the road, listening to our employees and franchisees and getting their feedback on a path to move forward. "They took what I said and they ran to Forbes and Forbes printed it and it went viral". Schnatter wore a Papa John's shirt during the interview. He had already stepped down as company CEO in November following his nonsensical criticisms of NFL brass for not stopping national anthem protests.
Several other teams still do business with Papa John's. Our employees represent all walks of life, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace for all.
"Racism and any insensitive language, no matter what the context simply can not - and will not - be tolerated at any level of our company", the letter said.
CEO Steve Ritchie said Friday the company will retain an outside expert to audit its processes related to diversity and inclusion.
Ritchie said he would personally lead the effort.