Morehouse College cuts ties with Papa John's

Morehouse College cuts ties with Papa John's

John Schnatter quits as chairman after using racial slur during a conference call on how to handle controversial situations.

"The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation. I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so", Mr. Schnatter said in the letter, according to the Journal.

Schnatter apologized for using the racial slur and announced his decision to step down last week. 'I will not allow either my good name or the good name of the company I founded and love to be unfairly tainted'.

He said it was prompted by questions from the agency, The Laundry Service, about whether Schnatter is a racist in light of his comments in November about NFL players' national anthem protests.

During the call, Schnatter was said to be participating in a role-playing exercise, when he allegedly stated that "Colonel Sanders called black people n--", and claimed that Sanders never got backlash for it.

"(O) ne of their attorneys said they would conduct a smear campaign against the company and me unless we paid them what he was asking for", Schnatter said in the letter.

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Schnatter said the discussion only started when he objected to the agency's suggestion of hiring rapper Kanye West as brand spokesman because West "uses the "N" word in his lyrics".

"We know we can do better and I'm confident that we will", CEO Steve Ritchie said in May.

Laundry Service has not commented on Schnatter's allegations and did not return the Daily Mail's request for comment.

At least five sports teams have dropped partnerships with Papa John's, and two universities have distanced themselves from the company or Schnatter in the wake of his comments, as has the mayor of his hometown of Jeffersonville, Indiana. "We're not gonna talk about this, '" Schnatter told Louisville radio station WHAS.

In a statement published Sunday, the company also requested that Schnatter "cease all media appearances, and not make any further statements to the media regarding the company, its business or employees". Later in the call, Schnatter brought up his childhood in IN saying, 'people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died'.

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