On Friday, the pizza chain announced that Papa John’s International Inc. will remove its founder John Schnatter, from its promotions. Papa John’s said its decision to remove Schnatter from advertisements is the first of several steps to rebuild trust “from the inside-out”.

Schnatter, who founded the company in 1984, also came under fire in November after he criticized the National Football League’s leadership over national anthem protests by players.

On Wednesday, Schnatter resigned from the company as being the chairman of the board after he used a racial slur on a conference call. Baseball team Seattle Mariners in a tweet said on Thursday it would cut ties with the pizza chain.

Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ritchie said, “the company would hire an independent expert to audit all of its processes, policies, and systems related to diversity and inclusion”. “In response to the reprehensible remarks made by Papa John’s founder and owner, the New York Yankees are suspending their relationship with the company,” it said in a tweet.


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