The school is taking action after the pizza chain's founder, John Schnatter, reportedly complained that Kentucky Fried Chicken's Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using a racial slur. While the comments were seemingly meant to denounce racism, several people on the call said they were offended by them, Forbes reported.
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will now be called simply Cardinal Stadium in the wake of a scandal involving the founder of the pizza chain whose company name has been attached to the stadium for years.
This latest embarrassment for a brand whose very existence is one spurred Major League Baseball to suspend one of the dumbest corporate promotions in sports, the "Papa Slam", which granted 40% off the price of pizza to fans everywhere, anytime a player hit a grand slam - and resulted in "Papa Slam" being used repeatedly on the official website of a major professional sports league.
Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that Schnatter's role as its pitchman could be a liability if his reputation was damaged.
The Twins have "indefinitely suspended" the pizza chain from Target Field, team communications director Dustin Morse told City Pages. "I am sure that he will say that he is sorry that he has hurt so many people, including - I know - students that he cares a great deal about".
Friday's decision did not touch on UofL's ties with Papa John's as a company, including an exclusive deal that allows only Papa John's pizza to be sold in the stadium.
The AP first reported Papa John's plans. He said the comment was taken out of context but that he nevertheless felt "sick" about the incident. Netflix said Jonathan Friedland used the word in a meeting of public relations staff about sensitive words.
Friedland, who is white, later repeated the word with human resources staff trying to address the original incident, Netflix said. "From our team standpoint, our partnership is with local owner/operators in Phoenix and completely separate from the national company".
Papa John's International Inc., which began operations in 1984, has more than 5,200 locations globally. Schnatter owns almost 30 percent of the stock.