Rangers suspend Papa John’s promotions amid chairman's racial slur fallout

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"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.

Really good, it turns out, because Schnatter stepped down as Papa John's chairman this week after using a racial slur in a conference call.

Two current Louisville football players and one future Cardinal used their social media platforms to react to the recent news surrounding surrounding John Schnatter. "While we have enjoyed a positive relationship with the local franchisee and staff, we will be evaluating the overall relationship between Papa John's and our sports properties over the coming weeks".

Several players had expressed a desire to have the Papa John's name removed from the stadium. Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that Schnatter's public role as its pitchman could be a liability if his reputation was damaged.

The company has already lost its sponsorship with the University of Louisville's football field, and many more similar moves may be ahead for Papa John's. The right to change the name of the stadium reportedly belonged to Schnatter.

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The Kansas City Royals said they also are suspending their deal, which gave fans a 50 percent discount if the baseball team scored five runs or more in a gam.

Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter as a spokesman in logos and TV ads, has begun pulling his image from its marketing and pledged to assess its diversity practices in response to his use of a racial slur.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins were the first Major League Baseball teams to publicly end their relationships with Papa John's. On Friday, the Texas Rangers followed in the footsteps of the Marlins and the Rays, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Schnatter released a statement Wednesday apologizing, which said in part, "Regardless of the context, I apologize".

John Schnatter, in happier times both for him and his former company.

Starbucks also recently fired a store employee for insensitivity, and earlier this year closed thousands of USA stores for an afternoon to give employees anti-racial bias training after an uproar over two black men being arrested while waiting for a meeting.

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