Papa John’s begins erasing controversial founder’s face from packaging

Though the company has no current plans to change its name, recent controversy is prompting Papa John’s to remove its founder’s face from at least some of its promotional material.

According to Complex, some of the changes had been completed as early as Friday, just days reports surfaced that John Schnatter had used a racist epithet during a conference call in May.

As Scope News reported, Schnatter resigned as CEO of the company late last year amid controversy about his stance on NFL protests and other sociopolitical issues. Following the revelation that he uttered the N-word in the conference call, he also stepped down as Papa John’s board chairman.

Backlash against Schnatter over the latest controversy also cost him a spot on the University of Louisiana board of trustees. The university is also considering changing the name of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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