Papa John's Pizza Founder John Schnatter has issued an apology to anyone who was offended after he used a racial slur during a conference call with a marketing company.
Schnatter, the founder and ex-CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, publicly apologized after word leaked that he used the racial slur during a role playing exercise with a marketing company in May.
“Colonel Sanders called blacks N---s,” Schnatter said during the training exercise for damage control after he pulled Papa John's NFL commercials amid the ongoing NFL player protests in November.
Schnatter blamed the NFL protests for a slowdown in sales of Papa John's Pizza. He stepped down as company CEO in December.
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society,” Schnatter said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday.
Schnatter also resigned from the University of Louisville board of trustees, the university announced Wednesday.
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