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Papa John uses racial slur, resigns from UofL Board of Trustees


Rick Pitino is one step closer to setting foot back in the state of Kentucky.

After admitting to using a racial slur, “Papa John” Schnatter has resigned from his position on the UofL board of trustees.

Forbes released a report this morning, saying the Papa John’s founder and ex-CEO used the N-word on a conference call with marketing agency Laundry Service back in May.

This afternoon, Schnatter released the following statement to Fox News and resigned from the UofL BOT soon thereafter.

“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” John Schnatter said. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”

UofL board chairman David Grissom released the following statement about Papa John’s resignation:

Schnatter stepped down as CEO of Papa John’s back in December following backlash of comments made about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. At the time, he said those participating in anthem protests hurt his sales at Papa John’s, a National Football League sponsor and advertiser.

Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has been adamant about never returning to Kentucky, specifically for the Oaks and Kentucky Derby, until both Schnatter and Grissom resigned from their positions on the board of trustees.

“I will not (go to Churchill Downs),” Pitino said, “unless (chairman) David Grissom and the pizza guy, Papa John (Schnatter), retire from the (university’s) board of trustees. Then, I’ll be there.”

Pitino said he was “very humiliated, very hurt” by Schnatter’s past comments about him, who scoffed at the idea of coaches attending board meetings.

“I have a problem with coaches coming to trustees meetings,” Pitino quoted Schnatter as saying. “What’s next, the women’s volleyball coach coming in there?”  The former Louisville head coach also said the board of trustees, led by Schnatter in particular, didn’t want him there any longer and “rushed to judgment on a lot of things.”

“You give your heart and soul,” Pitino told the Courier-Journal back in December. “You love the place and all of a sudden you’re asked to leave without an explanation. It’s very hurtful. The only reason I’m not as bitter as I should be is I don’t believe these people (on the board of trustees) are the University of Louisville.”

One down, one to go.

And with that, Papa is no longer in the house.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

24 responses to “Papa John uses racial slur, resigns from UofL Board of Trustees”

  1. Blueballz

    Papa John’s is for the Poors

    1. cats646

      But it’s good

  2. bigbluebanana

    Nice mea culpa Jack!

  3. Cokely53

    Tough year for the Papa

    1. catdaddyd

      He still has his helicopter.

  4. Booher

    Papa Johns pizza is crap they don’t event cut the slices half the time

    1. MadHatter

      Obviously not

    2. catdaddyd

      I don’t like the dough and I don’t like the sauce and I really don’t like the pizza. But that was a pretty good company at one time, great benefits.

    3. Sentient Third Eye

      I hate it when they slice a pizza, but they don’t slice all the way through. Pet peeve # 234.

  5. blueballs80

    Disgusting! It’s quite surprising to see fewer comments on this. He resigned only because he got caught saying the shit he did. Well you effed your own business. You deserve all the crap you get from here on.

    1. catdaddyd

      Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance?

    2. Sentient Third Eye

      Why is offensive for him to point out that back in the day Colonel Sanders used to use the “n-word”? His claim is historically accurate. It is immoral to be offended by truth.

    3. bigbluebanana

      I think I’m one of the few token black people on this site, and that’s a word that cuts us deep, most of us don’t even like it when other black people use it. However, in this situation, until I can hear how he used it when referencing Sanders, I do not see the issue at all. Saying it is one thing, HOW you say it is another. Also, keep in mind that just because I’m black, that doesn’t mean I speak for all black people!! Others could be mad for him just using the word and that’s their right. All about perspective I guess.

    4. Booby Petrino

      I wouldn’t say the way he used it is offensive (speaking for ONLY ME) but to say it at all is ignorant. Why even say “back in the day Kernal Sanders called them ___”…WHY? You’re in a business meeting, be professional. I guess he was trying to be funny? Doesn’t matter why he said it, a grown man should know not to say something stupid like that at an office meeting. I’ve attended a lot of office meetings and talked about angry customers and how to respond to them and never was I stupid enough to say “what if they call someone the n word?” I can’t imagine the looks on peoples’ faces if I did say that in an office meeting, even if I was recalling what someone said. It’s just stupid, and I wouldn’t want an employee that dumb.

  6. You Can Call Me Cal

    HEY! That’s a great picture of him ?

  7. Cousins Fake Tooth

    All he said was “Colonel Sanders said the word jigger”. All this is a huge fuss over nothing at all.

    1. CatManDo

      I agree but this is how things are these days. I don’t agree with him saying it but as Rosanne proved, you just can’t go there and not expect extreme consequences.

    2. Sentient Third Eye

      Agreed. It used to be okay to point out someone else said something offensive in order to draw distinction from yourself. The way it is like Roseanne is, just like that, the comment wasn’t really anything bad in context, but it was convenient pretext for critics to attack. And the UofL Bd is a dumpster fire currently, with all kinds of political infights occurring daily. This is just the most public example of the recent ones.

    3. Booby Petrino

      he’s stupid, enough said. Why say it at all in an office meeting? Why not at least say “n word” and not the actual term when you know how negative the term is?

    4. catdaddyd

      It was said at a training session of what not to say etc…This is nothing compared to what late night hosts say about Trump every night.

  8. eRUPPtion

    First Luke Hancock sue’s the NCAA & now this on the same day. UL
    can’t even manage to stay out of the news. It’s a dumpster fire. lmao

  9. BluKudzu

    Papa John’s Stadium. How many athletes will want to play for Petrino(sp?) now?
    U of L. SMDH.
    Another humiliating thing to deal with on my travels out of Kentucky
    .
    Louisville keeps dragging down the commonwealth.

    1. ukcats1776.90

      DEPORT LOUISVILLE!

  10. Dragon

    So dude loses everything over a word?? Got it. Must be all that privilege he has