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Papa John's founder apologizes for using racial slur

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WSIL -- The founder of Papa John's Pizza is apologizing for using a racial slur during a conference call.

In a statement, John Schnatter confirmed the incident took place in May. The conference call was part of a role-playing exercise for the company founder and chairman.

The call was intended to prevent more controversy for Schnatter, after he was criticized for blaming the NFL's handling of national anthem protests for his company's poor sales. During the may call, Schnatter used the n-word while trying to downplay his NFL snafu.

He was reportedly complaining because Colonel Sanders used the word and never faced public backlash. The public relations firm conducting the media training reportedly cut ties with Papa John's after the phone call.

In a statement, the company said:

Papa John's condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting.

Meanwhile, Schnatter resigned July 11 from the board of trustees at the University of Louisville.

The chairman issued a statement saying... "After speaking with John, I'm confident that his comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values."

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