After Forbes broke the story, Schnatter's name was swiftly removed from Nachand Fieldhouse in Jeffersonville, Ind., and a spokesperson with Papa John's confirmed to Insider Louisville Friday morning that the company is in the process of pulling Schnatter's image from its marketing and advertising.
While many have put their relationships with the brand on hold, there were a few teams across the league that chose to maintain their deals with Papa John's, disavowing Schnatter's comments and praising the brand for its swift action, while cited long-running partnerships with local store owners and operators who shared their values. The person was not aware of any plans to change the pizza chain's name. She said her conversation with Schnatter "was to share that we had made the decision".
John Schnatter quits as chairman after using racial slur during a conference call on how to handle controversial situations. The company's stock went up on Thursday - the first day of trading after Schnatter's resignation - following a Wednesday decline.More news: Cate Shortland to direct Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ solo movie
It's not yet clear how quickly the company will be able to remove Schnatter from marketing materials, the person with knowledge of the decision said. He appears on its pizza boxes, in some of its TV ads and in the store's interiors.
The Marlins also suspended a similar promotion, saying in a statement that Schnatter's "derogatory and insensitive" comments were not reflective of their organizational values and the inclusive environment they seek to provide.
"Five years from now, they might be able to start bringing him back".More news: In Egypt discovered mysterious giant sarcophagus head
Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise in May, Forbes reported this week.
During the call, he reportedly said "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--" and never faced backlash. Schnatter released a statement Wednesday apologizing, which said in part, "Regardless of the context, I apologize".
Schnatter also allegedly stated that, in his home state of in, "people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died", reportedly intending for the sentiment to convey his opposition to racism.More news: Trumps kick off United Kingdom visit with black-tie gala
- Netflix Topples HBO in Emmy Nominations
- Jose Mourinho stresses cause for English optimism after Russian Federation 2018 campaign
- Barcelona confirm €35.9m Clement Lenglet capture from Sevilla
- Donald Trump visibly annoyed by question over incendiary Brexit comments
- North Atlantic Treaty Organisation survives Trump, but the turmoil is leaving scars
- North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit exposes Juncker health problems
- Ford's campaign promises laid out in Throne speech
- British man poisoned with Novichok is no longer in critical condition - hospital
- First Israeli spacecraft to land on moon next year
- China trade surplus with U.S. hits historic high & timing couldn’t be worse