The founder and chairman of the pizza chain Papa John’s, John Schnatter, found himself in hot water after using the N-word during a conference call in May.
Schnatter made the comment during a call between Papa John’s executives and marketing agency Laundry Service, Forbes reported early Wednesday, citing a “source with knowledge of the event.”
The call was reportedly set up in an effort to prevent future press frenzies, particularly after Schnatter ignited a backlash in November 2017 by saying the NFL’s failure to resolve players’ national anthem protests “has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.” Leading members of the alt-right celebrated Schnatter’s statement.
Fast forward to the May conference call, and Schnatter’s comments got substantially worse. After asking how he could distance himself from the racist groups that rallied in support of him online, Schnatter complained that Colonel Sanders of KFC fame never got public backlash for his remarks.
“Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s,” said Schnatter, according to Forbes. (Forbes censored the word in its report.)