The founder of Papa John's resigned from his position as chairman of the pizza chain's board of directors, just hours after he apologized for using a racial slur during a company conference call earlier this year. - ABC News
John Schnatter (Papa John's founder) still owns 30% of the business, and that business does a lot of work with our local teams. In fact, with Orlando City and Magic victories, you get 50% off your pizza the very next day. It's a great promotion and I'm sure Papa Johns has been a great business partner, as they were for the NFL for many years.
The question is, does the latest transgression of a founder with a sketchy past when it comes to race related issues deserve a pass here? Does this reflect so poorly on Papa Johns that it would make the Magic and Lions look bad?
I (@BrandonKravitz) say no, I believe we can, or at least should be able to, separate poor behavior from business. In this case, the company at large is obviously embarrassed, I think this is an act that is egregious, but not so bad it should shape the business strategy for our local teams. Confront the problem, don't run from it.
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