John Schnatter stepped down as chairman of Papa John's Thursday after reports emerged that he used the n-word in a conference-call training session in May. That prompted the company's stock to recover some of the losses it suffered after the report, though the shares were down slightly Friday morning.
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.
This week, Schnatter stepped down from his role as chairman of the board of the pizza chain.
The Seattle Mariners tweeted that the baseball team had suspended its relationship with Papa John's. Papa John's has noted in regulatory filings that its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. "These comments were hurtful and unacceptable, and they do not reflect the values of our university".
Papa John's said its decision to remove Schnatter from advertisements is the first of several steps to rebuild trust "from the inside-out".
Both the league and other teams in it have various promotional relationships with Papa John's. Greenville resident Grady Farmer said, it will take some changes to win some people back.
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.
ESPN notes that his hometown has already removed Schnatter's name from the city's basketball gym in Jefferson, Indiana and they will do the same from the town's Wall of Fame. Also being renamed is John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at the university's business college.
Papa John's shares fell almost 5 percent Wednesday after the report, closing at $48.33. Maybe it explains how Papa John's prepares its products and manages to ruin the experience of pizza every day for so many people.