MLB reacts to Papa John’s racial scandal
Papa Johns has been under scrutiny recently after founder John Schnatter admitted to and apologized for using the N-word in a May training session after it became public on Wednesday.
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society,” Schnatter said in a statement.
Upon the apology, he announced his resignation as the company’s chairman, as well as resigning from the board of trustees at the University of Louisville. It wasn’t the first controversy relating to Schnatter in recent time but it was certainly the last straw. Major League Baseball, along with multiple clubs such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins, have indefinitely discontinued the Papa Slam promotion, which gave fans 40% off regular priced pizzas any time a player hits a grand slam.
“The Marlins are committed to an inclusive environment for all our fans,” the Marlins said in a statement. “Mr. Schnatter’s derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the values of our organization. As such, the Marlins are immediately suspending our relationship and promotions with Papa John’s brand.”
While those teams severed ties with the pizza chain, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ relationship with Papa John’s remains intact.
“We are glad that at a national level, Papa John’s took swift action to deal with the issue. From our team standpoint, our partnership is with local owner/operations in Phoenix and completely separate from the national company. That promotion will continue (the deal that gives 50% off on the day after a D-backs victory),” The Diamondbacks said in a statement.
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