Papa John’s is looking for distance from founder John Schnatter—and is doing so in a highly public way.
The controversial principal stakeholder and former CEO made headlines when he blamed poor sales on NFL protests against police-violence during thenational anthem—and when it was leaked he had used the n-word.
He was forced to resign, and now the company he built into a national chain is trying to move on. However, Schnatter has been fighting his ouster.
Papa John’s also has to contend with Schnatter, who recently published a website and accompanying ads taking on the company’s leaders. He also lashed out at the chain’s recent apology.