Papa John’s founder resigns as chairman over N-word controversy

Papa John founder John Schnatter in New York Image copyright Getty Pictures

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has stepped down as chairman of the company’s board after apologising for using the N-phrase in a conference call.

The pizza chain founder used the racial slur in a media exercise session in May.

Mr Schnatter resigned because the company’s CEO final 12 months after criticising the NFL over gamers’ nationwide anthem protests.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the corporate said it condemned “racism and any insensitive language”.

It later stated it had ordinary Mr Schnatter’s resignation and that a new chairman can be appointed within the coming weeks.

Image copyright Getty Photographs Image caption Mr Schnatter appears at part of Papa John’s branding

Trump donor Mr Schnatter stepped down as leader executive of the company in 2017 after he criticised the National Football League (NFL) for no longer containing national anthem protests at American soccer video games, which he said were hurting his firm’s sales.

Players were protesting against the treatment of black folks in the US by way of kneeling through the national anthem.

President Donald Trump had additionally criticised the players for the protests and pressed the NFL to ban them.

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