Univ. of Louisville removing Papa John’s from stadium name


FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Kentucky players hoists the Governor's Cup in front of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium after they defeated Louisville, 41-38, in an NCAA college football game, in Louisville, Ky. Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter as the face of the company in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. The fallout from his comments continued Friday, July 14 2018. The University of Louisville said it will remove the Papa John's name from its football stadium, and that it will rename the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at its business college (Jonathan Palmer/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Kentucky players hoists the Governor's Cup in front of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium after they defeated Louisville, 41-38, in an NCAA college football game, in Louisville, Ky. Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter as the face of the company in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. The fallout from his comments continued Friday, July 14 2018. The University of Louisville said it will remove the Papa John's name from its football stadium, and that it will rename the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at its business college (Jonathan Palmer/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville is removing Papa John’s from its football stadium’s name after a report the pizza chain’s founder used a racist slur.

The company’s logo has been on Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium since it was built 20 years ago.

John Schnatter, who also resigned from the university’s board of trustees, apologized this week for using a racist slur during a company conference call in May.

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi says the “community has been fractured” by Schnatter’s comments. She says the school will also remove his name from its Center for Free Enterprise at the business school.

Bendapui says “there’s too much hurt around” the name right now.

She spoke with Schnatter and says he supported the removal of the names.

FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Kentucky players hoists the Governor’s Cup in front of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium after they defeated Louisville, 41-38, in an NCAA college football game, in Louisville, Ky. Papa John’s, which has featured founder John Schnatter as the face of the company in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. The fallout from his comments continued Friday, July 14 2018. The University of Louisville said it will remove the Papa John’s name from its football stadium, and that it will rename the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at its business college (Jonathan Palmer/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_120939625-a6f195c019b5404e9e9d5f6cb4496310.jpgFILE – In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Kentucky players hoists the Governor’s Cup in front of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium after they defeated Louisville, 41-38, in an NCAA college football game, in Louisville, Ky. Papa John’s, which has featured founder John Schnatter as the face of the company in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. The fallout from his comments continued Friday, July 14 2018. The University of Louisville said it will remove the Papa John’s name from its football stadium, and that it will rename the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at its business college (Jonathan Palmer/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)