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Falcons, Atlanta United drop affiliation with Papa John's

Falcons, Atlanta United drop affiliation with Papa John's

Schnatter came under fire this week after a Forbes report that he used the N-word during a media training conference call in May.

Schnatter submitted his resignation Wednesday as a member of the university's board of trustees after Louisville National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called for Schnatter to either step down or be removed from the board, according to the Courier-Journal. After consequently resigning as chairman of the board, the Associated Press reports that Papa John's will also stop using Schnatter's face in logos and ads.

Schnatter, 56, quickly apologized, but his namesake company, which operates more than 5,100 locations around the world, is getting smacked by waves of backlash.

Target Field has announced it will "indefinitely suspend" the sale of Papa John's pizza following comments made by the company's former CEO, according to a Minnesota Twins spokesperson. Still, an image of Schnatter, the "John" of "Papa John's", appears on a wide range of Papa John's materials, including its logo and pizza boxes. Schnatter has resigned from the university's board of trustees. "I am sure that he will say that he is sorry that he has hurt so many people, including - I know - students that he cares a great deal about". All of these teams, and Major League Baseball itself, suspended relationships with Papa John's after Schnatter's ouster as chairman.

Laundry Service cut ties with Papa John's shortly after.

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Earlier Friday, the University of Louisville has renamed Papa John's Cardinal Stadium "Cardinal Stadium". Oh, no, it was the "derogatory and insensitive comments" - the fact that he said one particular no-no word.

University President Neeli Bendapudi announced change for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Friday, as the pizza chain said it is removing Schnatter's image from its marketing.

The company told the publication it is still working out the exact timing and details as to how it plans to remove Schnatter, who has always been the face of the chain, from advertisements.

Papa John's isn't the only pizza option at Target Field. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language.

Papa John's is the world's third-largest pizza chain, with more than 350 outlets in the United Kingdom and 4,900 restaurants worldwide. For the first three months of this year, the chain said a key sales figure fell 5.3 per cent in North America.