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July 12 (UPI) — The founder and chairman of the Papa John‘s pizza chain has resigned after it was revealed Wednesday that he used a racial slur during a conference call in May.
John Schnatter confirmed using the slur in an emailed statement to Forbes, which first published the account of the conference call.
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“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
According to the Forbes report, Schnatter was doing a role play exercise with Laundry Service, a marketing agency hired to prevent the pizza mogul from making more public relations mistakes. Schnatter hired the agency after he criticized NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest...
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