Major League Baseball suspends Papa John's promotion until after All-Star break, pizza company says

John Schnatter, the pizza chain founder, admitted earlier this week that he used the N-word during an internal conference call.

Bendapudi indicated Thursday that university officials would be evaluating the stadium's naming rights. Her announcement Friday comes after several football players said on Twitter they want to see the stadium renamed.

Louisville native and commit Aidan Robbins feels the same.

In a statement, John said this: "News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true".

During the call, Schnatter had tried to downplay his National Football League remarks, saying "Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s" as he complained that the KFC founder never faced public backlash.

The right to change the name of the stadium reportedly belonged to Schnatter.

Following the news that Schnatter had left the pizza chain that he founded in 1984, Papa John's shares climbed.

The Washington Nationals have severed ties with Papa John's days after founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company's board.

Even the press release announcing Schnatter's resignation as chairman late Wednesday included a logo featuring Schnatter's likeness. The Baltimore Orioles, no strangers to embarrassment themselves in 2018, suspended their efforts to poison fans with 50% Papa John's discounts every time the team scores five or more runs - a promotion activated 29 times in 93 games this year.

The University of Louisville is renaming Papa John's Cardinal Stadium effective immediately, the school announced Friday. Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that Schnatter's public role as its pitchman could be a liability if his reputation was damaged.

Papa John's is the world's third-largest pizza chain, with more than 350 outlets in the United Kingdom and 4,900 restaurants worldwide. He had stepped down as CEO a year ago after blaming disappointing pizza delivery sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. Take, for example, one from the summer of 2016, when Schnatter's usual red Papa John's shirt was replaced with a "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit in a 30-second TV spot and on a movie-themed pizza box. But, "I said it, and it's wrong", he said.

Today, it has more than 3,400 locations in North America.

Vanessa Coleman

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