Recent reports have surfaced that expose Papa John's founder John Schnatter.
Schnatter has stepped down from the University of Louisville Board of Trustees after word got around that he used a racial slur in a conference call.
JUST IN: After word circulated that (Papa) John Schnatter used the “N-Word” in a conference call, he has just resigned from the Louisville Board of Trustees. pic.twitter.com/sUxqYlhFjd— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 11, 2018
Schnatter is a very visible face in the sports world between his support of the Louisville Cardinals sports teams and the Papa John's commercials with NFL players like Peyton Manning and JJ Watt.
Papa John's was the official pizza company of the NFL, until this past season, and Schnatter was not happy with the way that the league handled the anthem protests.
"On the May call, @PapaJohns' Schnatter was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups. He downplayed his NFL statement. 'Colonel Sanders called blacks n-----s,' Schnatter allegedly said, and complained that Sanders never faced backlash." https://t.co/qpiv9dxeu9— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 11, 2018
Louisville claims that they don't believe this is a question of Schnatter's character, yet they have a zero tolerance policy in terms of racism and offensive language. This is why, according to the official statement, Schnatter resigned of his own accord.
Whether that's to be believed is questionable, but Louisville's long-tenured relationship with Schnatter and perhaps his company might be over.