Falcons indefinitely suspend relationship with Papa John’s

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The hits keep coming for Papa John’s.

Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have indefinitely suspended their relationship with Papa John’s in the aftermath of the report that founder John Schnatter made racially insensitive comments during a May conference call.

“The divisive comments made and acknowledged by the company’s founder are reprehensible and do not align with our core values,” said the statement from AMB Sports and Entertainment, the Arthur Blank-owned company that operates the Falcons, the Atlanta United of the MLS, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium currently has three Papa John’s locations. Presumably, those will be shuttered until the relationship resumes, if it resumes.

It’s unclear when or if the relationship will resume.  For now, AMB Sports and Entertainment will be “evaluating the overall relationship” with Papa John’s.

42 responses to “Falcons indefinitely suspend relationship with Papa John’s

  1. Good move.

    Peyton Manning, meanwhile? Has that wagon hitched firmly to that crappy pizza chain’s headquarters.

    Guyer HGH cheating, sexual assault and bigoted partner in John Schnatter. Nice lineup, Gomer!

  2. Society has lost its damn mind.

    A word that’s used prolifically by the allegedly aggrieved social group can be used to destroy any man who utters it (no matter how benign the context). I’m down with tearing down real bullies and a-holes who attack real victims, but the hurt or offense behind this is as disingenuous as it gets.

    The virtue signaling madness has to stop.

  3. “racially insensitive” this is today’s America. We cater to someone’s sensitivity.

    I completely condemn the use of the “N” word, but this thin skinned (in general) America is going to be the death of us!

  4. tylawspick6 says:

    Peyton Manning, meanwhile? Has that wagon hitched firmly to that crappy pizza chain’s headquarters.

    Nice try. Peyton Manning sold his Papa Johns franchises in February.

  5. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT WHAT A DIFFERENT AND WONDERFUL WORLD THIS COULD BE-IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD JUST KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT…………………..

  6. antkowiak666 says:
    July 13, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Isn’t funny how ONLY white people, are labeled racists in this country?

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    Not just in your country typically around the globe. Every race is racist towards another. But typically only whites are cause it’s easy and the truth can’t be told someone might get hurt.

  7. Why doesn’t the context seem to matter here? If some things can’t be uttered no matter the context, why do people like Bill Maher and Joy Reid remain employed?

    While I wouldnt of said the word he used, I don’t believe it’s as huge a deal as people are making given the full context. Everyone is always out with pitch forks anymore, though it’s worth noting it seems very selective on who they go after.

  8. The younger crowd has adopted this word as a somehow dignified moniker of respect or coolness. Can’t say I’m really impressed by the idea and disregard it may mean to older generations of African-Americans. But, I can also recognize the difference in context of some young men saying it to each other as opposed to a rich caucasian business man using it in a corporate setting. You all know the difference too, so please stop with trying to defend John Schnatter by saying it’s the same. One group means one thing and he meant something entirely different and entirely foul.

  9. dumplingsrbrown says:
    July 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    The younger crowd has adopted this word as a somehow dignified moniker of respect or coolness.

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    Oh please, enough of that nonsense. You can go back 40+ years to Richard Pryor standups where he uses it liberally with black audiences laughing up a storm. This is not a generational thing.

    Stop making excuses for the young generation that tries to feel good about itself for defending imaginary victims.

  10. exnavysub says:
    July 13, 2018 at 5:45 pm
    Why doesn’t the context seem to matter here? If some things can’t be uttered no matter the context, why do people like Bill Maher and Joy Reid remain employed?

    While I wouldnt of said the word he used, I don’t believe it’s as huge a deal as people are making given the full context. Everyone is always out with pitch forks anymore, though it’s worth noting it seems very selective on who they go after.

    ………………………………………

    Last time I checked, Bill Maher and Joy Reid don’t sell crappy pizza at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

  11. The founder of Papa Johns was completely out of line when he used the n-word on the phone. The Papa Johns chain is now suffering the wrath of the free market. Businesses who distance themselves from the brand are doing so because being associated with the brand is bad for business. If it wasn’t bad for business, they wouldn’t be doing anything.

    Up until a few years ago, that’s exactly how something like this would have gone down — the business would make a phony apology and then proceed like nothing happened. The world has changed because of smart phones. Video from smart phones provides documentation of incidents that black and brown people have complained about for decades – for centuries.

    Things are going to be messy for a while. Us white folks created this mess. We shouldn’t be surprised when some of it gets on us while everyone tries to clean it up.

    Also – with regard to his statement about Col. Sanders … Sanders was a segregationist racist. He felt that way about everything except selling chicken. When it came to selling chicken, he didn’t care what color you were and he would never say anything to cause non-whites to hate his brand. Unlike the former grand fromage of Papa Johns, when it came to running his business Sanders wasn’t a self-destructive idiot.

  12. Richard Nguyen says:

    Oh please, enough of that nonsense. You can go back 40+ years to Richard Pryor standups where he uses it liberally with black audiences laughing up a storm.

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    One word: context

    If you don’t understand that, you don’t understand the comedy of Richard Pryor.

    And stop apologizing for the institutional racism brought to light by John Schnatter. The price he’s paying for his stupidity is the free market at work. The free market is a force of nature and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. I feel bad for the Papa Johns franchise owners who are the victims of this situation. Hopefully this brand can figure out a way to heal itself. It may be time for a name change.

  13. whenwilliteverend says:
    July 13, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    tylawspick6 says:

    Peyton Manning, meanwhile? Has that wagon hitched firmly to that crappy pizza chain’s headquarters.

    Nice try. Peyton Manning sold his Papa Johns franchises in February.

    25 2 Rate This

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    Peyton manning had been aligned with that guy and that company for years and years all over my tv screen.

    it wasn’t a “try”. it is an irrefutable fact and i don’t care if he sold his crap pizza franchises recently.

  14. While I wouldnt of said the word he used, I don’t believe it’s as huge a deal as people are making given the full context. Everyone is always out with pitch forks anymore, though it’s worth noting it seems very selective on who they go after.

    Very selective. After all the Stupid party supports a president who is very racist…..and does nothing. If you don’t start somewhere will get another moron like Trump.

  15. Papa can speak and traffic in racial epithets. That is his choice, no one made him say it.

    His customers and business partners can choose to speak with their wallets if they don’t care for it. That is their choice.

    Be careful what you say.

    Be careful what you say.

  16. Ivan Pavlov says:
    Richard Nguyen says:

    And stop apologizing for the institutional racism brought to light by John Schnatter.

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    What utter nonsense. One guy using a racial slur doesn’t make for “institutionalized racism”.

    That’s merely a term that the race baiters use as an excuse for why so many young black males fail in society.

  17. If you find his comments to be “reprehensible and do not align with our core values,”” – why are you only suspending the relationship. Why not take a real stand and say flat out that you are cancelling it for cause? Don’t take the coward’s way out.

  18. vaphinfan says:
    July 13, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    Just finished my Papa John’s pizza. It was delicious.

    ……………………….
    Did you wash that down with a PBR or Burgy?

  19. There are several words you should not say as a mature adult. Why is it that the n-word is such a hard word to stay away from? Maybe because the person probably uses it in private settings which is probably the reason it came out so easily during a conference call.

  20. Good move.
    Peyton Manning, meanwhile? Has that wagon hitched firmly to that crappy pizza chain’s headquarters.
    Guyer HGH cheating, sexual assault and bigoted partner in John Schnatter. Nice lineup, Gomer!
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    Peyton immediately sold all interest in his 22 Papa Johns franchises when the scandal hit. e removed himself from advertising the franchise. Do your homework, Guber!

  21. vaphinfan says:
    July 13, 2018 at 6:32 pm
    So what if the guy used the term “redneck”? Would this be an issue?

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    I would be badly wounded. So wounded.

  22. Ivan Pavlov says:
    July 13, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    And stop apologizing for the institutional racism brought to light by John Schnatter.

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    Even though I totally condemn Schnatter, calling his words “institutionalized racism” is ridiculous. Its ok to throw around buzz words when you know their meaning, but it looks really silly when you don’t.

  23. Ferdinand says:
    July 13, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    If you find his comments to be “reprehensible and do not align with our core values,”” – why are you only suspending the relationship.
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    Because it’s just smoke and mirrors PR. Schnatter previously resigned as CEO of Papa Johns and yesterday he resigned as it’s Chairman. In other words, Dancin’ Artie Blank is posturing a day after the guy he finds ‘reprehensible’ was already forced out the door. Some would say that type of posturing and faux moral outrage is also reprehensible, I am one of them.

  24. Someone needs to tell the rest of the country, in particular the rap industry that you’ll be run from the land if you use that word, even if just in training to talk about how bad it is. Oh wait, that’s right, our country is full of double-standards.

  25. fsstnotch says:
    July 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    “racially insensitive” this is today’s America. We cater to someone’s sensitivity.

    I completely condemn the use of the “N” word, but this thin skinned (in general) America is going to be the death of us!

    What you clearly don’t get is that someone being offended by that isn’t being thin skinned, and you clearly don’t condemn the use of the word. Otherwise you wouldn’t call it thin skinned.

    Say what you want, then accept the consequences. I have run pieces of some of the largest companies in the world, literally, and I have a strong sense that when you do stupid crap like that – it costs you. Why? Because MOST OF AMERICA doesn’t consider it ok, thin skinned, or politically correct.

    Follow me here if you can. If the majority of this country thinks it is bad, it is probably bad. Especially in this polarized era. They stop visiting you because they are socially responsible – not politically correct…they have values. Probably similar ones to … I don’t know…Jesus? And no one calls him Politically Correct.

    When people fight against stupidity it is actually the opposite of thin skinned. Believe what you want but you have to have the stones to accept the consequences. People who call this action thin skinned? Don’t. Meaning no stones.

  26. Unf…king believable! I live in Atlanta and used to have a great deal of respect for Arthur Blank but not anymore. He’s becoming as big an idiot as McKay and his incompetent head coach. John Scheider didn’t do anything to deserve this witch hunt. If Blank wants to get rid of everyone who says the “n” word, then there would be no African American customers in his fancy new stadium watching the Falcons.

  27. Ferdinand says:
    July 13, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    If you find his comments to be “reprehensible and do not align with our core values,”” – why are you only suspending the relationship. Why not take a real stand and say flat out that you are cancelling it for cause? Don’t take the coward’s way out.

    WEll
    Since the person who made the reprehensible comments is no longer with Papa John’s it could be determined that going forward the company will align with AMB’s core values. Suspending the relationship allows those who remain at Papa John’s the opportunity to show this.
    Should every business be destroyed, putting all its employees out of work, that has ONE member high in management who is “unsavory?” Even if that employee is at the very top.
    Wouldn’t it be wise to first see if the bad culture permeates the company before canceling the relationship. MBS is in downtown Atlanta. I’d expect many if not most of the people working in those concession stands are black (It’s an assumption based on the demographics of the nearby employment pool. I’ve never thought it important to count). The suspended relationship is going to effect them more then John S.

  28. Arty Blank…just an FYI not standing for the national anthem does not align with the core values of the majority of the NFL’s fan base…just sayin’…

  29. I think there is a bit too much sensitivity and instant outrage brought about by modern social media, but we should also recognize that this guy’s use of the “N” word is the last of several things this guy has done that led to these consequences.

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