Papa John sues Papa John’s

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During a recent radio interview in which, among other things, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter claimed he was pushed to use a racial slur during a conference call aimed at helping him boost his image, Schnatter dismissed the possibility of litigation regarding the turmoil engulfing his professional life, explaining that he hates lawyers.

He apparently likes them now.

Via CNBC.com, Schnatter has filed a lawsuit aimed at inspecting the company’s books. It’s surely a precursor to litigation aimed at getting him reinstalled as the chairman of the board.

Schnatter resigned his position after news of his slur came to light, capping a slide that began last November, when Schnatter erroneously blamed the NFL for a reduction in the company’s earnings. He quickly expressed regret for walking away from the company he founded. Schnatter still owns 29 percent of the company’s shares.

In the lawsuit, Schnatter claims he was falsely accused of using a racial slur, even though he previously has admitted that he did.

“We are saddened and disappointed that John Schnatter has filed a needless and wasteful lawsuit in an attempt to distract from his own words and actions,” Papa John’s spokesman Peter Collins told CNBC. “We will not let his numerous misstatements in the complaint and elsewhere distract us from the important work we are doing to move the business forward for our 120,000 corporate and franchise team members, and our franchisees, customers and stakeholders.”

Schnatter’s misguided attack on the NFL became the first domino in a process that has brought him to the point of filing a lawsuit against his own company. Regardless of whether the lawsuit succeeds, chances are none of this would have happened if he hadn’t decided to try to blame the NFL (possibly at the behest of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) for problems the league didn’t cause.

41 responses to “Papa John sues Papa John’s

  1. Politics aside. Papa John’s has the best tasting chain pizza period. With the garlic and pepper is phonomonal.

    Top 5 Chains : Papa John’s, Domino’s, Jerry’s, Pizza Hut and Little Ceasar’s. In that order.

  2. The pizzas not great, but it is nowhere near as bad as these pizza snobs pretend. It’s ok, nothing more, nothing less. I’ve had plenty of “emperors new clothes” pizza that the pizza snobs recommend. If it started after 1980 it’s probably not that great

  3. Papa John’s has the best tasting chain pizza period. With the garlic and pepper is phonomonal.

    Top 5 Chains : Papa John’s, Domino’s, Jerry’s, Pizza Hut and Little Ceasar’s

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    My sympathies for your taste buds!

  4. Obviously you are as delusional as schnatter if you think that pizza tastes good

  5. Lawyers! Nothing more than ambulance chasers. Nobody makes money in these lawsuits but them.

  6. “”use a racial slur during a conference call””” The media knows that using this description implies Papa John used the term in a derogatory manner during the call as 99% believes. The truth is he used the term quoting Kernel Sanders and it was not directed at a group or an individual and was not used as a slur or in anger.

    Also, the individuals who claimed they were so upset because he didn’t use an abbreviated version of the word didn’t leak it to the press until they had their contract pulled.

  7. Rate This

    logicalvoicesays says:

    July 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Politics aside. Papa John’s has the best tasting chain pizza period. With the garlic and pepper is phonomonal.

    Top 5 Chains : Papa John’s, Domino’s, Jerry’s, Pizza Hut and Little Ceasar’s. In that order.

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    That is simply your opinion, and the numbers don’t support it if you look at the share of the market place. Aside from not like Papa John’s as much as Pizza Hut and Domino’s, I can’t stand his blatant dishonesty. In his commercial he claims he went to Italy to see how pizza was really made. I lived in Europe and have been in the food industry for nearly 15 years. His pizza has no resemblance to classic authentic pizza. Authentic pizza is more like a flatbread than American pizza…

    But let me tell you the real reason they lag behind the competition…Domino’s and Pizza Hut has introduced, and better pulled off, items OTHER than pizza. On top of that, Little Caesar’s is cheaper, if I’m looking to save a few bucks.

    Papa Johns is caught in the middle of not having the cheapest pizza, or best total product. Then you add to that his politics. Papa Johns was sued for not paying employees. He also complained about taxes. I hated the guy long before this whole NFL bit. Having opinions isn’t good for business and he hasn’t figured that out. He should have spent more time focusing on his product, as opposed to lying to my face and having bad political views.

  8. This dude is a walking cluster, big mouth and no brains. No wonder he and Jerry are racist pals

  9. Anyone who thinks Papa John’s is really good must be from a small town somewhere where Papa John’s is actually the best pizza in town.

    As far as chains go I’m more down with Pagliacci here in Seattle or even something like Romio’s that doesn’t seem so mass produced.

    I can’t even imagine all the amazing pizza options in New York City or Chicago.

    Papa John’s is just not good pizza.

  10. logicalvoicesays says:
    July 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    Politics aside. Papa John’s has the best tasting chain pizza period. With the garlic and pepper is phonomonal.

    Top 5 Chains : Papa John’s, Domino’s, Jerry’s, Pizza Hut and Little Ceasar’s. In that order.

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    Pizza Hut, maybe? Haven’t been to a chain pizza place in 15 years, in college my former winter olympian’s company DESTROYED! those chain places.

    Go back to Arkansas…

  11. logicalvoicesays says:
    July 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    Politics aside. Papa John’s has the best tasting chain pizza period. With the garlic and pepper is phonomonal.

    Top 5 Chains : Papa John’s, Domino’s, Jerry’s, Pizza Hut and Little Ceasar’s. In that order.

    _________

    I have yet to hear anything logical come out of your logical voice.

  12. logicalvoicesays says:
    July 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    Politics aside. Papa John’s has the best tasting chain pizza period. With the garlic and pepper is phonomonal.
    Top 5 Chains : Papa John’s, Domino’s, Jerry’s, Pizza Hut and Little Ceasar’s. In that order.

    In the Northeast they have real pizza and don’t have to eat any of these.

  13. logicalvoicesays says:
    July 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    Politics aside. Papa John’s has the best tasting chain pizza period. With the garlic and pepper is phonomonal.

    Top 5 Chains : Papa John’s, Domino’s, Jerry’s, Pizza Hut and Little Ceasar’s. In that order.

    Every place you listed serves absolute garbage.

  14. Top 5 Chains. I live in the NYC area. There are at a minimum of 1K local pizzerias, that are better than the slop they serve at chains. Papa John’s, I haven’t tried and never will.

    July 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Politics aside. Papa John’s has the best tasting chain pizza period. With the garlic and pepper is phonomonal.

    Top 5 Chains : Papa John’s, Domino’s, Jerry’s, Pizza Hut and Little Ceasar’s. In that order

  15. He should hold out for a better contract and then conduct his HOF at ancommuniry college after he retires from his advertising comeback in the CFL.

  16. Schnatter is in a hole and just keeps digging. The attack on the NFL was foolish and no doubt Jerry Jones egged him on, but that was survivable. Using racist terms and claiming it’s all right because Colonel Sanders said it(he didn’t by the way)is beyond foolish. A major business can’t survive that. He had to go.

    The interesting thing is that the board was, even before this, concerned about Schnatter’s leadership. What will come out if the lawsuit proceeds is that Schnatter was using company funds to settle sexual harassment claims against himself. He’s going to get exposed in the media.

  17. duanethomas33 says:
    July 28, 2018 at 7:25 am
    Top 5 Chains. I live in the NYC area. There are at a minimum of 1K local pizzerias, that are better than the slop they serve at chains. Papa John’s, I haven’t tried and never will.
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    Whilst I agree, you should at least try something before declaring it as rubbish

  18. Say what you want but when you are talking frozen pizza or chain pizza you can not beat a .99 Mama Celeste frozen pizza. Pop two of those in the oven and you are golden, all for $2. Success!!!

  19. There is an easy solution. If John Schnatter still owns any stores he can split them off. As far s I’m concerned he can have that awful recipe of his. He can call his chain John Schnatter’s Original Pizza ( I would love to say Original Crap, but I won’t). The rest of the share holders can form a new chain and call Papa’s (any name), and make a better tasting recipe, or going into another chain. That was good old John get what he deserves!

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