University of Louisville drops Papa John’s name

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The fallout continues for Papa John’s.

To cap the same week in which founder John Schnatter left the company for good, the University of Louisville has dropped the Papa John’s name from its football stadium. Moving forward, Papa John’s Stadium will be known as Cardinal Stadium. The move comes after multiple Louisville players lobbied for the name to be changed.

Schnatter, who also has left the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, supported the move to change the name of the venue, in order to keep it from becoming a distraction.

Schnatter’s woes began last November, when he blamed the NFL during an earnings call for the company’s financial struggles — even though the call covered a period of time when the NFL wasn’t in season. Some within the NFL power structure believe that Schnatter acted at the behest of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was engaged in a power struggle over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s new contract.

Diminished but not excommunicated in the aftermath of the NFL misadventures, word emerged recently that Schnatter made racially-insensitive comments during a conference call aimed at trying to improve his image.

42 responses to “University of Louisville drops Papa John’s name

  1. When your too toxic to be associated with the sordid Lousiville basketball program you know your complete and utter downfall is now complete.

  2. I am quite sure several people will quote “freedom of speech” and “political correctness” but since every Board room and Leadership room, conference room, plant floor, etc has been pretty diverse, it’s the right outcome. He can say what he wants – we all can (excepting Schenk v US kind of stuff). But if the people you interact with or potentially interact with don’t like, they have a right to take their own actions. Right move. I wouldn’t even have left him on my Board. I’ve seen CEOs fired for less.

  3. They had to do this but what a complete overreaction! The uneducated will read the headline and think this guy is some terrible racist human being, but someone with half a brain that reads the full context of what was said will realize this is an overreaction. He’s arrogant, but not racist. But, he brought this on himself and this is the world we live in now. He’ll take his billion and call it a career.

  4. Anyone can “think” anything the want. They just can’t say it out load. The arrogance of some people doesn’t allow for that context.

  5. They had to do this but what a complete overreaction! The uneducated will read the headline and think this guy is some terrible racist human being, but someone with half a brain that reads the full context of what was said will realize this is an overreaction. He’s arrogant, but not racist. But, he brought this on himself and this is the world we live in now. He’ll take his billion and call it a career.

    I call BS….the only way way to stop a racist is to make the price of their actions too high…..
    Calling it an overreaction is making an excuse for racist to continue their vile behavior……grow a pair ….don’t continue your support of racism.

  6. Friend of Trump, friend of all the other Neo-fascit scions running football. Good riddance, take your crummy pizza with you.

  7. Seems a bit much for uttering something as an example in a private meeting with a consultant. Not even your own employees, or employees of the university or anything — a consultant!

  8. Dijon Lavar Gantt. If you don’t know who or what that refers to, Google it. You’ll be shocked.

  9. annapterp says:
    July 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    They had to do this but what a complete overreaction! The uneducated will read the headline and think this guy is some terrible racist human being, but someone with half a brain that reads the full context of what was said will realize this is an overreaction. He’s arrogant, but not racist. But, he brought this on himself and this is the world we live in now. He’ll take his billion and call it a career.

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    I did read the transcripts and I felt like I was seeing a “terrible racist human being”. But then I have a whole brain so you are right maybe the half brains wont see that.

  10. realityonetwo says:
    July 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm
    Seems a bit much for uttering something as an example in a private meeting with a consultant. Not even your own employees, or employees of the university or anything — a consultant!

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    It was PR consultant. Who after listening to him declined the job and returned the fee.

  11. First of all white guys like me who aren’t racist have a hard time saying the n word in any context.

    Second of all you know a pizza is bad when they give you a little garlic-butter dipping sauce for every bite. The only thing that makes it tasty is that garlic butter…and when you run out of garlic butter, the rest of the pizza goes in the garbage.

  12. TruFBFan says:
    July 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm
    I am quite sure several people will quote “freedom of speech” and “political correctness” but since every Board room and Leadership room, conference room, plant floor, etc has been pretty diverse, it’s the right outcome. He can say what he wants – we all can (excepting Schenk v US kind of stuff). But if the people you interact with or potentially interact with don’t like, they have a right to take their own actions. Right move. I wouldn’t even have left him on my Board. I’ve seen CEOs fired for less.

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    Spot on.

    This is like an NFL owner having his own rights to not employ players who have been saying or doing things they dont like.

  13. That nasty word is reserved for Hollywood and recording artists, a pizza mogul should know this.

  14. Antifa protestors were caught on tape saying that same word to an innocent police offer doing his job,
    when will the left disassociate themselves from the Marxist fascist racist group known as “antifa”

  15. Antifa protestors were caught on tape saying that same word to an innocent police offer doing his job,
    when will the left disassociate themselves from the Marxist fascist racist group known as “antifa”

    Probably when the party of Stupid dissociates it self from the alt right clowns that Trump is fond of…wake up.

  16. If Schnatter was a Hillary supporter he would get a pass from the permanently outraged lefty mob and the articles like this would never be written.

    But he is not a Hillary supporter so you what about argument is dead in the water because you can’t predict what you are suggesting. Try a different tack….sure the party of stupid can do better than the what about argument….?

  17. 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.

  18. I’m glad we started talking about College football here now too because I can’t stand the NFL. OH, That’s only when you need to slide politics in. I see

  19. Nofoolnodrool says:
    July 13, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    If Schnatter was a Hillary supporter he would get a pass from the permanently outraged lefty mob and the articles like this would never be written.

    But he is not a Hillary supporter so you what about argument is dead in the water because you can’t predict what you are suggesting. Try a different tack….sure the party of stupid can do better than the what about argument….?

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    Ok, fair enough. If Peter Fonda was a conservative you would be screaming for his movie to not be released.

    Better?

  20. Nofoolnodrool says:
    July 13, 2018 at 4:20 pm
    Antifa protestors were caught on tape saying that same word to an innocent police offer doing his job,
    when will the left disassociate themselves from the Marxist fascist racist group known as “antifa”

    Probably when the party of Stupid dissociates it self from the alt right clowns that Trump is fond of…wake up.
    —————————————

    The party of big government supports a group of anarchists called antifa that want no government at all. That easily makes them the party of stupid.

  21. Good for Louisville. Now that Schnatter’s gone, Papa John’s should consider changing their name. That might be the best hope for resurrecting the investment of the franchise owners.

    Free market at work – invisible hand.

  22. Not a comment on the validity of the decision to remove Schnatter(which is hypocritical) but the futility of putting the names of corporations or persons who are still alive on stadiums or other public buildings. Let these sports teams suffer embarrassment and loss of revenue for their decisions to put money in place of honor. Venues like Soldier Field, Candlestick Park, Neyland Stadium will always be held up to honor and praise while living people and corporations will suffer to the vagaries of Wall Street and human frailties.

  23. This whole thing is niggling to me …

    I got my Friday text from Papa this afternoon with the weekend special … guess what the secret password was …. ???

    I’ve got an idea, let’s attack CRACKER Barrel next …

  24. This dude gets wrecked but a guy like Mark Fuhrman gets jobs working for the news

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