- The Washington Times
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

John Schnatter, owner of national pizza chain Papa John’s, confirmed he used the N-word during a training call, Forbes reported Wednesday.

“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” he said in an emailed statement to Forbes.

The public face of the pizza franchise used the word during a conference call with Papa John’s executives and the marketing agency Laundry Service in May.

When asked how to distance himself from racist groups, he used a derogatory slur for African-Americans when he said, “Colonel Sanders called blacks n—s” but never had repercussions.

The call came four months after public backlash hit the company when Mr. Schnatter blamed Papa John’s slowing sales on the NFL anthem protests in November 2017.

He stepped down as CEO two months later.

Anonymous sources also told Forbes that Mr. Schnatter described racism in his hometown and gave explicit examples of violence African-Americans faced, which offended some people.

“Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society,” his statement added.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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