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UofL removing Papa John’s name from football stadium

As expected, the University of Louisville is removing Papa John’s name from its football stadium. UofL president Neeli Bendapudi just announced the school is renaming the stadium Cardinal Stadium effective immediately.

The news comes days after it was revealed that Papa John’s founder John Schnatter used the n-word during a conference call, leading to his resignation from the company board as well as the UofL Board of Trustees. Yesterday, several Louisville players and recruits called for the name to come off the stadium on social media.

Schnatter’s name will also be removed from UofL’s school of business. President Bendapudi said she spoke with Schnatter, who apologized and supported the decision to remove his name as to not be a distraction. He still owns the naming rights, but Bendapudi said the school is willing to deal with the consequences of breaking the contract.

Smart move.


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97 Comments for UofL removing Papa John’s name from football stadium

  1. Ettish
    1:13 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    All that for one word.

    • Greatcatfan
      1:32 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Yes because somehow when white people say it it’s racism but when minorities say white people can’t say it it’s not (the definition of racism does include exclusivity based on color). And no I’m not saying the words ok it’s a horrible word that should never I repeat never be uttered unless it’s in an historically artistic sense. What I’m saying is I’m just confused about the fact that a word that the African-American community has claimed is no longer supposed to have any power or meaning it seems to get people so struck that it topples empires. Again not defending the word or people who use it, actually the complete opposite.

    • blackmilk23
      4:22 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      A group of people using their OWN slur is not the same as someone else using that slur.

      A gay person saying the F word is not the same as a straight person doing it.
      A Jewish person using an anti-semtic slur is not the same as non Jewish person doing it.

      It’s the same concept.

    • TBW3011
      4:36 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      You’re right, it’s not the same. It’s also stupid to continually use the word that so offends a particular group. Wouldn’t it be best if all of society got rid of the word? Why constantly promote the word that so offends you? I do get your point that it’s different, but both are bs IMO

    • Chagan02
      5:57 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      I love this concept. Very convenient. So you wouldn’t have a problem with Clarence Thomas calling Barack Obama the N word?

    • catdaddyd
      5:59 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      It’s ridiculous, Paula Dean said it 30 years ago and they ruint her career. Rosanne mad a dumb tweet and now she is the devil. But yet espn hires a murderer ray lewis, tbs hire snoop, another murderer, who puts out a video of him shooting Trump and all that is ok. Maybe we should protest Martin Luther King on the next women’s day, he was a known adulterer.

    • satcheluk
      11:58 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink


    • Greatcatfan
      7:18 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Blackmilk you completely missed my point what I said was if their use of it takes the power of the word away like they claim is the reason they use then why isn’t their response to simply point at the weak white man and laugh at him using “their” word. That would truly destroy it’s effects. But to another point if a word still holds that much sway over your emotions why would you want to use the word at all because all it does is makes the bigots feel like they have an excuse.

    • JusSayin
      7:49 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      catdaddyd, Paul Deen got in trouble for admitting to using racial slurs in 2013. (She admitted to as recently as 2007 by the way)

      By 2015 she was on Dancing with the Stars.

      In 2016 she got a new show called, Positively Paula.
      In 2017 she got another show called, Paula Deen’s Sweet Home Savannah.
      Both shows are still airing.

      Two different namesake TV shows on two different cable networks? Yea her career is over. (Sarcasm off)

  2. runningunnin.454
    1:28 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Willie Sue?
    Betty Sues.

  3. KTR2786
    1:29 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Removing context from the meaning of words and forbidding their utterance full stop is some seriously Orwellian stuff. Dumb move by such a public figure, but the ensuing witch-hunt is a magnitude greater in it’s offense.

    • Realme
      1:40 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Someone on another thread a couple of days ago shared the context. Said context made him look worse, not better.

    • TBW3011
      1:55 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      The context is public knowledge. It wasn’t smart of him by any means, but in no way did the context make it worse. He wasn’t calling anyone anything. He said Colonel Sanders used the word. That’s the context.

    • KTR2786
      2:00 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      @Realme, I saw your quote down below about the context and I am wondering how you think it makes him look worse from the initial reports that seemed to suggest he was using it in a derogatory manner? The full context of this as I understand, was to consider he had been taking a lot of heat for his comments regarding the NFL’s handling of the protest situation, which as a major sponsor he seemed perfectly entitled to have a say in. It seems he certainly didn’t like the insinuation that racist groups were somehow attaching themselves to his comments and was underscoring his point that his criticism of the NFL was in fact not racist or even outlandish. Also, this word and the black community’s struggle with it seems to be a perfect example of the Streisand Effect; it goes against human nature to forbid certain things and wastes an exorbinant amount of time debating it.

    • Realme
      2:36 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      TBW, that’s just the rest of the sentence in which he used the word.

      KTR to me that CONTEXT makes it sound like he has a history of saying dumb things and trying to justify them by pointing out that worse things happened in the past instead of looking at his own actions. In what way was saying the part about dragging by truck not gross?

    • KTR2786
      2:51 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Well it seems you have lost the plot here; you are assuming what he said was stupid and that this somehow indicates a pattern of behavior. I have no idea where any of that leads into the issue at hand or is legitimate. As far as the trucks comment I assume you mean gross as “offensive?” If so, who is the arbiter of what is so offensive in particular situations to where it merits punishment? That’s about as subjective as you can get. Regardless, that comment was clearly in the context of his displeasure of people’s misinterpretation of his NFL criticisms as I alluded to. Your response demonstrates why I say this policing of words is bad; it leads to people projecting their emotions to situations where they shouldn’t.

    • Realme
      3:00 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      The fact that he needed training from a PR firm indicates a pattern or behavior. The arbiter of who merits punishment is society, who has deemed he isn’t worthy of being the name of the stadium anymore. He’s not losing his life, his freedom, or his fortune. He’s not being persecuted by the government. The fact that what he said bothers the players that play in the stadium, and their recruits, is reason enough, imo, to make the change, which he himself seems to understand.

      As far as the NFL criticisms, I’ve already went on and one and will leave discussing that to others.

    • KTR2786
      3:24 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      So merely a difference of opinion on the main issue. I will only say that I work for a large corporation and we are constantly consulting PR firms to adapt to changing environments constantly and this in no way proves that there is a pattern of behavior with a particular person. That is a complete non sequiter.

    • TPACAT
      10:28 am July 14, 2018 Permalink

      Be careful, KTR. All my comments now have to be moderated by a snowflake before they’re shown on the website due to my (successfully, by the way) arguing that someone’s comment on here was simply a “difference of opinion”…

    • TBW3011
      4:40 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Society is the arbiter of who merits punishment these days or a small group of loudmouths begging to be offended? Then someone that group agrees with can do the same damn thing and that group is suddenly not offended.

    • Realme
      3:32 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Your comment is a non sequitur. This wasn’t routine training for the company, this was to teach HIM to stop putting HIS foot in HIS mouth.

    • KTR2786
      3:36 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Again your language and persistence suggests you are overtly emotionally invested. Take a timeout and hash through this.

    • Realme
      3:42 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Of course I’m emotionally invested. I wouldn’t be commenting if I didn’t care. Your language and persistence suggest you are condescending, but I have enjoyed discussing this with you in spite of that.

  4. kykid16
    1:33 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Totally blown out of proportion!

  5. whatchathink
    1:35 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Ok, so UL removes papa john’s name from cardinal stadium for quoting a racist remark by Colonel Sanders who the KFC Yum center is named for. When are they gonna rename the YUM center?

    • Greatcatfan
      1:47 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      If you only knew about the stories that go around down in Corbin say about Sanders. When I was visiting with my grandparents their friend that worked in law enforcement would tell stories about never eating KFC because of something involving a cover-up and a orphanage.

    • JusSayin
      4:04 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Because Papa John said it 2 months ago not in 1930… I don’t think its that difficult to understand.

    • TBW3011
      4:42 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Oh ok. I guess you’re against 100 yr old statues coming down then. Let me guess. You’re not.

    • JusSayin
      4:56 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      If you are talking about those confederate statues… then you guessed wrong. I don’t give a flying flip about that Jefferson Davis statue. I don’t like the south’s ongoing fascination with the “lost cause” but it really actually was a “different time.” Those views and ideas were more prevalent.

      But today it is less ignorable.

      Obviously, Papa John would have been better off if he said it 90 years ago. Times change. He’s in charge a multi-billion dollar company, and he should know better.

      He still has the right to say what he wants…And Louisville has every right to distance themselves.

  6. Realme
    1:37 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    It’s not just a word, it’s a powerful word with a horrific history, a word that all by itself can make people feel small. Just because some people use it in other contexts, does not make it okay for a white person with thousands of black employees to just toss around like it’s any average word. It isn’t, and if he’s not smart enough to avoid using the word and making other stupid comments, he does not deserve to have anything named after him.

    • blackmilk23
      4:25 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Also… keeping his name attached to the building would hurt UofL. It’s not just moral question. At this point it would be a poor business move to keep the name.

  7. KTR2786
    1:40 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Muhammad Ali said some of the most despicably racist and violent things you can imagine, yet everywhere I turn in Louisville there is his face and/or name enshrined in some memorial or statue. Shall we begin splashing paint on all of them?

    • TBW3011
      1:56 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Is he white? Then of course you can’t.

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      2:35 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Well, it’s only racist if you are white. I have been told before that non-white people can’t be racist.

    • kenny
      3:35 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Ali was for segregation. He called Caucasian people white devils, and crackas’. People say they want equality, but what do you think would happen if we tried to remove his name? Listen to “no Vaseline” by ice cube, tell me if you think a white man made those types of remarks if he could still be owner of a league.

    • blackmilk23
      4:33 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      You really think Muhammad Ali making comments about white people during the social upheaval of Jim Crow and the Vietnam war 60 years ago is equivalent to the face of a Fortune 500 company using a racial slur on a conference call 5 weeks ago?

      Because whenever we talk about Jefferson Davis… “Well, that was a long time ago. Everybody said stuff like that.”

      Yes, the left can be hypocritical but it seems the right only invokes it’s “anti-political correctness” when its convenient for them

    • TBW3011
      4:46 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      That’s funny. Left certainly doesn’t use political correctness when it’s convenient. Lol. You must not know people on the right. They hate political correctness in general.

    • kenny
      5:44 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      I just want equality. I can’t get past him calling while people Devils. I can’t get past ice cube rapping about eazy e getting raped by a cracka’ it’s offensive, and now every time I turn on the big 3 basketball league I’m reminded of it.

    • KTR2786
      11:08 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      How about when he spoke at klan rallies and said in multiple interviews that multiracial couples should be killed? Mihammad Ali did not fight for equality he was a black supremacist.

  8. bigbluebanana
    1:42 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    As I’ve stated before, I’m one of the few token black people on this site and I think this is hugely blown out of proportion. The word carries a lot of hurt, but the context in which it is stated means everything. I do t speak for the entirety of black people, and if some want to be offended by this, they have that right, but I’m not, my family is not, many of my black friends are not. What’s odd is that a decent portion of my white friends are offended by his comment! He should’ve known better than to utter it, no matter the context, but the man put a lot of money into Louisville, this doesn’t warrant him losing everything.

    • ukgrad83
      3:07 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Your self characterization as a “token” made me laugh. You sound like a level headed (rational and intelligent) human being. There seems to be a lot of irrational thought these days though.

    • gasman01
      4:10 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Finally, a sane voice in all this. Thank you sir!!!

    • JusSayin
      4:44 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      This is a strawman. He’s not “losing everything”. He still has his shares of the company.

      You might think it’s an overreaction. But if association with him is bad for the university then it’s the right decision. And considering recruits were complaining, it would seem that it really was a liability.

      Again, just like with Colin Kaepernick. He can say and do whatever he wants but the NFL team he plays for doesn’t have to endorse it especially not if hurts ticket sales and viewership.

      Papa John understands that. That’s why he stepped down. He doesn’t want his shares to be valueless.

    • bigbluebanana
      4:56 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      When I say “losing everything”, I understand this doesn’t mean he’s losing his money or company or anything, I meant losing his cache with UofL. He DID put a lot of money into the university. For clarity, when it’s me around my black friends (I hate having to differentiate between color of friends, they’re all just friends to me, no matter the color, sex, or sexual preference) we never drop that word. My father and grandparents made it clear to me growing up that that word harbors nothing but pain for our race, and to call each other that is just that much worse. That said, I see a lot of folks on here complaining “well they call each other that, why can’t a white person say it?0. It’s not the same thing and you know it! John made a stupid mistake, but I can’t say based off of this, or even his history, that the man is a racist full of hate. I do think it says a lot that we get 60 comments at KSR about a post like this and no one comments when TJ gives us a decent recruiting post. If there’s that much anger and or frustration here fellow Cat fans, direct it towards nick roush’s articles! Dude can’t write his way out of a wet paper bag.

  9. Realme
    1:49 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t think it should bother white people to be sensitive enough to avoid using the n word, because it is hurtful to many. Leaving that word out of your vocabulary is not difficult, and does not deprive you of any ability to express yourself.

    That said, for those of you saying context is what matters, I went back to find this. Jdub shared it yesterday:

    Papa John used that example during a conference call with a PR firm who was trying to teach him to stop putting his foot in his mouth all the time. There’s also more to it than that.

    From an article on Deadspin: “In June’s conference call, Papa was asked “how he would distance himself from racist groups online.” (Normal question to ask a pizza man.) Papa replied by complaining that “Colonel Sanders called blacks n——-s”—no one is quite sure where he got this from—and KFC never got in trouble. He also noted, for some reason, that where he grew up people used to kill black people by dragging them behind trucks. (Normal answer from the pizza man.)”

    • TBW3011
      4:48 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      It doesn’t bother me not saying the word in any context. I never do. What bothers me is IF Papa John were on the side of the NFL players kneeling he’d still have his job and him saying the exact same thing would have been overlooked.

    • JusSayin
      5:20 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      TBW3011 Its funny you say that because if I remember correctly Papa John himself was the one saying he was going to pull his sponsorship from the NFL because of the unpopularity of the anthem protests was hurting his brand.

      So he of literally ALL people should understand why UofL wouldn’t want his name on a stadium and why stockholders wouldn’t want him as chairman.

      He still has all his stock he just doesn’t get to be the face anymore until this blows over. (which it will)

  10. Dragon
    1:52 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    What a joke that an entire race can hold someone hostage over a word…..we’re talking about a word, man….not slavery..but a word c’mon man

    • blackmilk23
      5:10 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      He can’t be “held hostage” if he doesn’t say it… It’s really not that big of a landmine to avoid. lol I mean people get through their whole lives without using it.

  11. Headhurts
    1:53 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Col. Sanders grew up in a world where that was accepted, but when u start sensoring words u can’t stop there, a lot of words offend a lot of different backgrounds, take rap music for instance, worst language ever by prominent rap artist and no one held accountable by the public or the recording labels.

  12. macattack
    1:59 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    I knew when I saw this post that I shouldn’t look at the comments section. “It’ll just make me mad,” I said. And guess what? It did. I’m always astounded by the number of people blinded by their white privilege. But then again, I guess that explains why our country is in the place that it is now.

    • KTR2786
      2:02 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Haha, take your white privilege cultist mantra elsewhere and let the grown-ups talk. Or go back to Russia, troll.

    • Dragon
      2:29 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      You’re right bet papa john loves all that privilege he’s getting now right. Guy pumped millions of dollars into the community and he says a word that, oh by the way, is still used in society, and gets the death penalty. Ok, cool, wonderful, ill just sit over here and not say anything…ever

    • gravy
      3:11 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      That’s the thing – he’s already put his foot in his foot in his mouth multiple times. The guy is just dopey. And just because someone is rich and puts money into the community (to influence and grab power), doesn’t mean they’re a good person. He is clearly a f’ing moron who can’t get out of his own way. Fk this guy.

    • TBW3011
      4:49 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Lol. Macattack. What a clown

  13. BLUEDOUG65
    2:00 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    I cannot imagine what it would be like to be a slave. Or for decades to have talent and not be allowed to use it , or have to use it in a league where only those of my skin color had to play. To have to set in the back of a bus or get off a side walk due to a white person being on it. To not be able to use the same water, or swimming pool as white folks. Decades of hurt are wrapped up in that word. I cannot change any of that wrong doing. However there is a huge reversal though not as extreme going on in the USA right now. If you are white, Christian and over 50 basically anything can be said about you. If you are a white bball coach in the AAU circuit, or a white player you are treated with disdain often times. Maybe some of this is deserved but I never feel two wrongs make a right. The HUGE liberal bias that exists in this country in the media and at times on this very site is a symptom of a much greater problem. You lietally cannot say anything without it being taken offense too. What he said was inexcusable but losing all of this is par for the course in this new America.

    • BlooBloodRon
      2:28 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      You are EXACTLY right about one thing. This is increasingly a new America. But your implication that this is a bad thing only applies to the effects on you personally.

      That twinge of fear and indignation at being a white Christian male in today’s society is the value of your entitlement from each of those categories being decreased. It’s a simple as that. Count your blessings you didn’t have to live in not so distant past in our culture as a black female Muslim. Then you could really walk around with fear of actual persecution and potential violence against you.

    • DelrayCat
      3:07 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      These two comments perfectly exemplify USA right now.
      An older, white Christian male feeling threatened by a changing America.
      And a retort from a likely more educated, younger, and accepting person who can clearly see the hypocrisy of their whining.

    • TBW3011
      4:53 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Likely more educated. Yes. You liberals certainly have a monopoly on intelligence. And you REALLY suck at losing.

    • TBW3011
      4:51 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Oh, you can say anything you want and no offense be taken if you’re on the lefts side.

  14. Sentient Third Eye
    2:11 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    I imagine Papa John would be facing deportation if he had recounted any additional historical acts of racism by third parties.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:13 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      That said, if something this utterly stupid has to happen in this parody/satire we call “2018”, I’m glad it’s happening to the Dirty Birds.

  15. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:14 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Why is it a “smart move”? So now, you are not allowed to say that someone else used the N word? This society is getting out of control and needs to take their pacifier out of their mouths. He DID NOT CALL someone a N. He said someone else called them a N.

    • KTR2786
      2:18 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Yes the PC movement has brought on a new era of McCarthyism whereby mere accusations can convict someone in the public spotlight.

    • DelrayCat
      3:12 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Yes…and we have the second coming of Joseph McCarthy in the white house….with a complicit congress. Let the good times roll..

    • DelrayCat
      3:15 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Oh wait….McCarthy was scared of Russians. Our guy is just beholden and subservient to them….

    • TBW3011
      4:56 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink


    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      3:45 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      2 years and still waiting on that proof…..

    • DelrayCat
      4:43 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t worry…Mueller-time is coming!
      12 more Russians today indicted for helping Trump win.

    • TBW3011
      4:57 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Specifically said ZERO evidence of helping him win. Stay hot though sheep

    • DelrayCat
      5:07 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Dude, what planet are you living on?
      All intelligence agencies agree the Russians specifically helped him win.
      Plus the indictments today specifically spell out how upon public instruction from Trump, the Russians hacked Clinton servers looking for those emails. That is collusion. More to come..for sure. You will be singing a different tune soon…one that asks why is it so bad if my guy did collude….that’s not a crime…smh.

    • bigbluebanana
      1:18 am July 14, 2018 Permalink


  16. Loserville Hater
    2:14 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    If President Trump is still searching for “shitholes,” he need look no further than the UL athletic program. I thought things couldn’t get any worse, but UL athletics is the gift that keeps on giving, LOLOLOLOL.

  17. BigBlueSean
    3:11 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Much of it is in the insinuation of the the context in which he used it. Was he quoting Col Sanders? Sure, but the implication was “if Col Sanders can call black people the N-word then I could do the same and not face any backlash. The comment of killing black people by dragging them behind trucks just was absolutely uncalled for. Then you have the implied racism behind the whole thing surrounding Col Sanders – Fried Chicken – and black people.If it was just 1 thing with Papa’s history , that would be understandable—but its a triple whammy with a dude who doesn’t have a great history.

    Also, Papa may not hold his position and his name may be removed, but he is still majority owner. He is just fine. People acting like this is devastating to him crack me up.

    Also it really cracks me up when white folks act like they are discriminated against moreso nowadays. Just stop. Most of the time when a white person is saying they were discriminated against or are victims of racism its mere just an absence of privilege.

    White privilege doesn’t mean white people are given something extra that somehow nullifies hard work. It simply means that there are things that white people on a day to day basis do not have to worry about that people of color have to always be conscious of. Also, there’s a difference between Prejudice, and Racism. Racism requires the presence of a systemic power that is implemented to impede liberty for folks of a different race. This nation is built on white imperialism. We are a society rooted in white supremacy, and ideal that one was assimilate to and submit to the norms that white people view as norms. Therefore a black person cannot be racist. They can be guilty of racial prejudices but they don’t have the capacity to exercise that in the form of systemic oppression. Then you also have implicit bias as well. Three very different things.

    • ukgrad83
      4:19 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      You need to just stop. Racism doesn’t require the implementation of a “systemic power”. Racism is defined as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior”. Ergo, any person of any race can be racist towards any other race.

      As for “white privilege”, it is largely a myth and is used to today to try to make white people feel guilty about being white. Please enlighten us about these “daily things” black people have to be conscious of that white people don’t.

    • Dragon
      4:33 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Shouldn’t you call it European American privilege? I mean I’m just trying to keep up ya know

    • TPACAT
      10:50 am July 14, 2018 Permalink

      Thanks for the insight, BBS. Now I know for sure the level of commie bullshit being taught to our weak-ass millennial generation in our so-called “institutions of higher learning”.

  18. KTR2786
    3:38 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    That’s some Alex jones level stuff you’re spouting lol. The FBI can’t even find evidence of that..

  19. Look Out Fireworks
    4:05 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    At what point does UofL run out of money?

    After all the money Pitino cost them and now to break a 20+ year contract.

    Where does the $ come from?

  20. G_Money
    4:11 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    This is just more BS from the lefties in Louisville. They belong with each other

  21. JusSayin
    4:14 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    A lot of people dont understand the way business works. He offended people therefore the shareholders and other boardmembers don’t want to be associated.

    He’s not going to jail.

    He’s not even losing his business.

    But right now his mouth is costing all of the other people money.

    It’s funny: Conservatives on this site seem understand the concept of business liabilities vs freedom of speech when talking about Colin Kaepernick… but when it comes to Papa John using a slur we seem to forget.

    This isnt PC culture. It’s a CEO making a poor PR decision.

    • TBW3011
      5:00 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Kaepernick didn’t say, “one time a guy kneeled during the anthem”. He’s actually doing it. PJ literally said, so and so said this one time. He didn’t use the word in an offensive manor.

    • bigbluebanana
      5:51 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      The word itself is considered offensive. He could’ve literally said “n-word” instead, but didn’t. I’m black, I don’t care about this one bit and I’m not at all offended, nor do I consider PJ a racist, but folks not seeing why this is an issue because he only said what someone else once said is baffling. Go into UK’s locker room and tell those guys “so and so used to call you guys n——s”, then tell them “hey, I didn’t call you that, just said so and so used to” and see if you make it out of that locker room.

  22. TBW3011
    4:56 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Weird the left didn’t want Bill Maher fires for using the word on tv. Hmm…wonder why he got away with it? Oh that’s right, he’s a part of the left and suddenly you weren’t offended and didn’t call for his head. What hypocrites.

    • JusSayin
      5:02 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Thats not true Al Sharpton literally tried to call HBO about Maher the next day. (Google it) And Paul Joseph Watson and other twitter conservatives defended him.

      And, also Bill Maher has already been fired from one network for offending people with his jokes. He used to have a show on ABC. Maybe you should look up why it was canceled.

  23. UKfanforlife
    5:38 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Being against kneeling during the national anthem is the correct stance. Him having to apologize because he was against kneeling during the anthem is what is jacked up.

    Then he quotes a figure from the past and all hell breaks loose.

    Anything that liberals get to be upset about has to be made right, before they break down and cry.

    • JusSayin
      5:48 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Saying the N-word is okay… Kneeling for the anthem is not.

      Liberals are hypocrites. Got it.

    • bigbluebanana
      5:53 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      JusSayin just crushed this!! Well done

    • kenny
      5:58 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Saying the c word is ok… saying the n word is not

      Conservatives are hypocrites. Got it.

  24. JusSayin
    6:08 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Kenny, You keep talking about Ice-Cube. Were you alive during the advent of gangsta rap? People complained about it ALL THE TIME. Many politicians and community members condemned NWA, Ice-T and all the other people that come up during this convo.

    1. That was like 25 years ago.
    2. Ice Cube is not the CEO of a publicly traded company named after himself. He has a niche show on FSN with a target demographic of like 15 to 35.
    3. Entertainers have never been held to the same standard about words. Quinten Tarantino uses that word in all his movies. You think that’s the same as this Papa John thing? Obviously not.

    • kenny
      6:22 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Donald sterling lost his team (rightfully so) for complaining about his girlfriend hanging with black people. I’m offended by ice cubes cracka’ lyrics. I’m offended by him calling white girls cave bitches. It’s 2018, if we want equality, then we have realize that being a poc doesn’t make it ok to say offensive things.

    • kenny
      6:24 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Paula dean was an entertainer that was held to that standard. I fully understand that she said/did offensive things 25 years ago, much like cube. She lost her show. I understand why she lost it.

    • JusSayin
      6:36 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      Donald Sterling violated the terms of being a franchise owner in the NBA. He still has all his own companies. He still has all his real-estate and all his investments.

      Papa John made his restaurant publicly traded from that point on he couldn’t say or do whatever he wanted anymore. He has partners that have invested.

      Paula Dean is a celebrity chef. Not a rapper. Not like comparisons. She admitted to using the word frequently.

      And I would also like to point out that since that case which happened in 2013. She has been on Dancing with the Stars and has had two of her own TV shows. One of which is still airing now.

    • kenny
      7:56 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

      So you’d be ok with a white rapper using racial slurs? That’s not equality. I can understand why the n word would offend poc, why is it ok for him to use racial slurs? It’s like some people have a privilege to say whatever.

  25. Jesus H. Chrysler
    6:39 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    Those same L’ville players have used the N-word in multiple tweets. Check their twitter. Oh the irony…that’s so L’ville

  26. Catuary
    10:41 pm July 13, 2018 Permalink

    I’M SHOCKED… that KSR actually allowed comments on an article with a political slant. I thought they were too cowardly to allow comments on this type of article, but I was wrong.

    • TPACAT
      10:59 am July 14, 2018 Permalink

      As Tracy Lauren Marrow once said, “Freedom of speech… Yeah, boy… Just watch what you say…