Papa John evicted from office at company's headquarters

Papa John evicted from office at company's headquarters

Andrew Cummings
July 18, 2018

"The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation".

Last week, Schnatter stepped down after it was revealed he used N-word on a conference call with its ad agency, Laundry Service, in May.

Papa John's, which has started scrubbing Schnatter's image from its marketing materials, did not respond to a request for comment.

Yesterday, Papa John's board of directors terminated an office leasing agreement, effectively kicking Schnatter out of his office at the company's headquarters.

Schnatter has apologized for his language but claimed that it was not used with malice.

"(O) ne of their attorneys said they would conduct a smear campaign against the company and me unless we paid them what he was asking for", Schnatter said in the letter.

Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter attends a meeting in Louisville, Ky., in 2017.

"I'm not for sale", he told WLKY News in Louisville.

The pizza chairman then allegedly spoke of growing up in IN, where the outlet reports that he said "people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died".

The Papa John's actions echoed those of Starbucks Corp., which closed 8,000 stores on May 29 for employee education after an April racial profiling incident with a café a manager and two African-Americans. "I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so", he said in a letter that was reviewed by the Journal. "We had talked about it and he indicated it was influx and yes he had asked for more time and then once we had made the decision, no promises were made that that would be possible obviously, and then when I made the final decision tried to reach him again and texted, that our decision was made".

Schnatter was already in trouble when he entered the conference call.

In the original announcement, Bendapudi said she'd spoken to Schnatter before announcing the removal of his name from the stadium and business school's Center for Free Enterprise.

The company has also formed a special committee of independent board members to evaluate Papa John's relationship with Schnatter.

After members of the ad agency asked Schnatter about controversial comments he made regarding National Football League owners-which led to his stepping down as CEO of the company last year-Schnatter explained that he never uses the n-word. "But they actually wanted to get into that vocabulary, and I said absolutely not".

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