Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter used the n-word during a 2018 training call with an agency hired to teach him acceptable communication techniques. Schnatter claimed that Colonel Sanders routinely said n***** without repercussions. Within days, Schnatter's racist reference sent his career into a free fall. He called me and asked "Do you want to interview me?" I told him that there could be no limitations on the subject matter and that I needed 15 minutes to get to a WHAS Radio studio to record it. Schnatter agreed to the terms. The conversation lasted 28 minutes even though Schnatter attempted to end it earlier. It made national news when Schnatter's reluctant apology leaked into defiance and blaming others for coercing him to say
Deposed Papa John's founder John Schnatter has presented evidence that public relations firm Laundry Service intentionally triggered his ouster after Schnatter used the N-word during a training call. Here is the lawsuit detailing Schnatter's claims of breach of contract and malicious conduct by Laundry Service (aka Wasserman Media Group, LLC). Schnatter contends that he was made to think that he was on a business strategy call and that Laundry Service associates turned it into a race-focused call, coerced Schnatter's comments on race, and then continued recording themselves discussing how to use Schnatter's comments against him. From Schnatter's lawsuit vs. Laundry Service: "34. Unbeknownst to Mr. Schnatter, Laundry Service recorded the call. However, Laundry Service continued recording after Mr. Schnatter hung up, and captured internal
Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has promised to go after the three people he says got him fired. In his forthcoming book, Pitino has promised to tell "the real story" of his removal and the dismissal of athletics director Tom Jurich. Pitino blames the school's "board of traitors" (trustees), especially chairman David Grissom, trustee "Papa John" Schnatter, and interim school president Dr. Greg Postel. The former coach also says his book "will not be kind" to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. Pitino and I will discuss his book on WHAS radio in a few weeks. Follow me on Twitter @terrymeiners for show updates.
The founder of Papa John’s pizza company admitted using the N-word during a recent media training exercise. The slur was reported on Forbes.com and “Papa John” Schnatter was quickly removed as chairman of the Louisville-based company. The University of Louisville then removed Schnatter from its board of trustees, scrubbed his name from the business school, and Papa John’s pizza no longer retains naming rights to the Louisville football stadium. Papa John’s immediately bleached Schnatter’s image from all of its marketing materials. Ousted Papa John’s founder’s defense. John Schnatter: ‘Pushed’ to use racial slur: https://t.co/pjtKebVhh5 @ztkiesch reports. pic.twitter.com/8aUbErC1p8— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 15, 2018 The University of Kentucky then announced it would remove the Schnatter name from its