The founder of Papa John criticized the company he founded and suggested that the pizzas are now made differently due to cost-saving measures.
John H. Schnatter stepped down as CEO of the company in December 2017 after being criticized for accusing a disappointing sale of the NFL & # 39; s handling of player protests during the national anthem.
Six months later, reports revealed that the founder had used the N word during a media training about avoiding PR blunders.
During the telephone conversation with media service Laundry Service, Schnatter tried to downplay his comments about the NFL by saying: & # 39; Colonel Sanders called Blacks n *****s & # 39; because he complained that the founder of KFC never made had a public kickback.
Dad John & # 39; s founder John H. Schnatter, (photo), has criticized the company he founded and suggested that the pizzas are now being made differently due to cost-saving measures
John H. Schnatter stepped down as CEO of the company in December 2017 after being criticized for accusing disappointing sales to the NFL & # 39; s handling of player protests during the national anthem
He resigned as chairman of the board shortly after those reports came out and then went through a public fightback, where he continued the company and hired a PR team to launch a website to tell its side of the story.
Schatter has now claimed that the company – in which he still holds a 16.7% stake – is poorly managed and claimed that he became CEO in January 2018 & # 39; & # 39 ;.
In one piece for the New York Post he claimed: & # 39; In August 2018, I tried to warn my fellow directors and release a press release that the company's performance was likely to deteriorate. My prediction has been good for four quarters and since then still.
& # 39; More importantly, what I have noticed in the months since then, Papa John's management may place emphasis on cost savings over product quality. Even the pizzas don't seem to be made the way I made them a few years ago. & # 39;
In June, Papa John & # 39; s International Inc., having struggled to drive sales, said it would spend $ 80 million to strengthen its brand image and support its franchisees in the United States.
The pizza chain began to remove Schnatter's image from logos, pizza boxes, and restaurants after it was revealed that he used the N word during a conference call during a media training.
In the play, Schnatter said that during the meeting, he & # 39; disdain for racism & # 39; He claimed that it was & # 39; quite productive and demonstrated Papa John's commitment to a diverse, positive and enriching environment & # 39 ;.
Schnatter claimed that he did not get the benefit of the doubt & # 39; as was New York governor Andrew Cuomo when he used a racist riot during a radio show earlier this month
He added: “Ironically, government leader Andrew Cuomo used a live radio interview last week, and African-American state leaders rushed to defend him and showed their understanding of the meaning and context of his words while they also considered his character.
& # 39; The situation of Cuomo is in stark contrast to the irrational overreaction and internal exploitation of my comments. The double standard is shocking. & # 39;
The New York governor discussed racism against Italian-Americans during a telephone call with WAMC radio on Tuesday when he used the n-word.
Schnatter claimed that he hoped to have received the benefit of the doubt, just like Cuomo.
Papa John & # 39; s, based in Louisville, Kentucky, started its activities in 1984 and has more than 5,200 locations worldwide. Schnatter is depicted while he performs a surprising quality check in a restaurant
He added: & # 39; Instead, unnamed sources have reversed the meaning and meaning of my words to harm me. & # 39;
He said that recent economic declines made it & # 39; extremely difficult & # 39; to increase the profit for shareholders, now or in the near future.
He added: & # 39; I hear from store managers, franchisees, and employees, and I believe their morale is always low.
& # 39; Some take extra loans and postpone future plans because they tighten their belt based on the current performance of the company.
& # 39; Franchisees tell me that banks are even reluctant to borrow money to buy and build more stores. This worries me a lot. & # 39;
Schnatter admitted that he had used the slur in a statement issued to Forbes in July 2018.
& # 39; News that attributes the use of inappropriate and offensive language to me during a media training about race are true, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply put, racism does not belong in our society. & # 39;
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