Papa John’s founder resigns from Louisville board of trustees due to racial slur

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John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s, hasn’t had a great run in terms of publicity recently. Last year he got tangled up in the NFL anthem debate, and then on Wednesday it was revealed he uttered a racial slur during a conference call in May.

As a result, he’s resigned from the University of Louisville board of trustees. J. David Grissom, who is the chairman, issued a statement on the matter, per ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

“After speaking with John, I’m confident that his comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values. No member of the board of trustees condones racism or insensitive language regardless of the setting. The University of Louisville embraces and celebrates diversity and is a supporter of all its students and stakeholders regardless as to their identity,” he wrote.  “John has tendered his resignation from the University of Louisville board of trustees effective immediately. The board appreciates his 2 years of service and thanks him for his generous support for so many years.”

It remains to be seen if the university’s football stadium will continue to be called Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium going forward.