John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder, former CEO, and company chairman, resigned his position as chairman after admitting that he used the N-word during a May marketing call to discuss NFL protest fallout.
According to the outlet, the call between Schnatter and the marketing company was set up for Schnatter to engage in a “role-playing exercise” in which Schnatter would be trained to “prevent future public relations snafus” like the one in December that followed when he blamed the NFL kneeling protests for struggling third-quarter earnings in 2017.
Schnatter resigned as CEO in December after criticizing the NFL, but retained his position as the company chairman.
Schnatter also reportedly recalled his Indiana childhood, where Forbes reported Schnatter said “people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died” in an attempt to portray his opposition to racism.
Schnatter apologized Wednesday, saying, “News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true.