Target Field 'indefinitely suspends' sale of Papa John's pizza

Target Field 'indefinitely suspends' sale of Papa John's pizza

Javier Howell
July 14, 2018

Schnatter apologized on Wednesday for using the racial slur in a May conference call.

Earlier this week, Schnatter used the n-word in a conference call orchestrated by a PR company created to prevent future PR screw-ups.

The Washington Nationals have severed ties with Papa John's days after founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company's board.

Schnatter, who has naming rights of the stadium until 2040, supported her decision to remove his name from the stadium, Bendapudi said.

Target Field has announced it will "indefinitely suspend" the sale of Papa John's pizza following comments made by the company's former CEO, according to a Minnesota Twins spokesperson.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, and Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that its business could be hurt if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

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Following the news that Schnatter had left the pizza chain that he founded in 1984, Papa John's shares climbed.

"The Marlins are committed to an inclusive environment for all of our fans", the Marlins said in their brief statement announcing the suspension of Papa John's-related activities.

Schnatter's controversial comment came during a role-playing exercise during a May conference call, which itself was organized in the wake of his comments concerning the NFL, and placing blame on the league's national anthem protests for the company's sales, Forbes reported.

That isn't the case in Miami or Tampa Bay, however, where the city's baseball teams have ended promotions with Papa John's after Schnatter's usage of the N-word, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

In a complicated arrangement, the school's deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John's brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. Several people told Friedland how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the word was.

Starbucks also recently fired a store employee for insensitivity, and earlier this year closed thousands of USA stores for an afternoon to give employees anti-racial bias training after an uproar over two black men being arrested while waiting for a meeting. Take, for example, one from the summer of 2016, when Schnatter's usual red Papa John's shirt was replaced with a "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit in a 30-second TV spot and on a movie-themed pizza box. For the first three months of this year, Papa John's said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America.