Rays suspend Papa John's pizza promotion

Papa John's founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for racial slur

Participating area Papa John's stores had offered 50 percent off pizza orders the day after a Nats win.

Papa John's has a license agreement with Schnatter "related to the use of certain intellectual property related to his name, likeness and image, our business and brand may be harmed if Mr. Schnatter's services were not available to the Company or the reputation of Mr. Schnatter were negatively impacted, including by social media or otherwise", it said in 2017 annual filing.

MLB's "Papa Slam" promotion gave people discounts on pizza when players hit grand slams.

Some in the UofL community, including current football players, called on Bendapudi to change the stadium's name after Schnatter's comment.

Even the press release announcing Schnatter's resignation as chairman late Wednesday included a logo featuring Schnatter's likeness. When asked how he would distance himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using the word.

Other MLB teams that had promotions with Papa John's started to distance themselves from the company Thursday since team campaigns operate independently from the league.

USA indicts 12 Russians for hacking DNC emails during the 2016 election
In another related allegation, the indictment claims Russian officers hacked a state election board's website and stole the information of roughly 500,000 voters.

U.S. salmonella outbreak: 'Do not eat Honey Smacks,' shoppers told
The Food and Drug Administration says retails still can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following a recall. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.

Isaiah Thomas Agrees To One-Year Minimum Deal With Nuggets
Free agent Isaiah Thomas signed with the Denver Nuggets late Wednesday night, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Entering his eighth National Basketball Association season, Isaiah Thomas apparently will be joining a sixth team.

The Marlins posted a statement on Twitter saying the team is committed to an inclusive environment for all of its fans, and would suspend all promotions it had with the company. "These comments were hurtful and unacceptable, and they do not reflect the values of our university".

The Royals said they were going to "reassess" their relationship with the company during the all-star break, according to KCTV.

Schnatter apologized for the remarks Wednesday.

The AP first reported Papa John's plans. He apologized to her, adding that he didn't want to be a "distraction", she said.

After Forbes broke the story, Schnatter's name was swiftly removed from Nachand Fieldhouse in Jeffersonville, Ind., and a spokesperson with Papa John's confirmed to Insider Louisville Friday morning that the company is in the process of pulling Schnatter's image from its marketing and advertising. "Simply stated, racism has no place in our society".

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

Related News:



Most liked

NewsAlert: Canada extending mission in Latvia; adding more troops
The Prime Minister's Office said Trump and Trudeau "had a conversation on the margins of the meetings today about trade, including NAFTA".

Trump praises strong relationship with UK's May after damning her Brexit plan
The president said the former foreign secretary would make a "great prime minister", adding "I think he's got what it takes". Britons are narrowly in favour of US President Donald Trump airing his views on Brexit, a Sky Data poll suggests.

British woman dies after Novichok exposure
A member of the audience suggested that authorities had not been looking for the Novichok until the latest incident. Neil Basu, the Met Police's assistant commissioner for specialist operations, said he would be led by science.

Does Katy Perry Still Have the Most Followers — Twitter's Biggest Losers
As Twitter continues to rid its platform of suspicious accounts, many users, including influential profiles like U.S. Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords.

Marvel hires female director for upcoming Black Widow film
Marvel Studios reportedly met with 70 to 75 different directors for the project, with a female director being seen as a priority. Scarlett Johansson will team up with writer/director Cate Shortland for her stand-alone Black Widow movie .

Surya Grahan 2018: All you need to know about Solar Eclipse 2018
The first solar eclipse of the year was observed on February 15, largely visible in South American nations. It is expected to occur on July 27-28 at 7.30 pm UTC (12 am IST) and end at 9.13 pm UTC (1.43 am IST).

2000-year-old Sarcophagus discovered in Egypt
They belonged to an unidentified Ancient Egyptian Princess and the head and body of a crocodile from the River Nile. The grave was discovered when a team from the ministry was checking out the site for construction purposes.

London protests against Donald Trump kick off with 'Trump baby' blimp
The Queen will meet Mr Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the dais in the quadrangle of the historic royal residence on Friday. Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives for a Cabinet meeting in London, May 1, 2018.

Xherdan Shaqiri arrives at Liverpool for medical ahead of Stoke move
Reports have varied about the fee involved but the ECHO understands that the figure is £13million. Liverpool face fresh competition to close the signing of Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri .

Don't be surprised if you lose followers — Twitter purge
Twitter shares fell 5 percent on Monday on concern that removing millions of fake accounts would impede user growth. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi , has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.

Plurality of Britons Support Trump Visit to UK
Two senior ministers resigned in protest this week at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc next March.

Dan Martin powers to Tour stage victory
He was then handed a 20-second penalty by the race jury for staying too long in his team car's slipstream. Van Avermaet, a BMC support rider for Porte, kept the yellow jersey for a third straight day.

Thai navy SEALS reveal incredible footage of daring cave rescue
The exact mechanics of the rescue bid were closely guarded during the operation, but details have since dribbled out. Mr Jewell said it was very hard to judge how close it came to being a very different outcome.

Emmys 2018 snubs, from Meghan Markle to Emilia Clarke
Only one acting category, supporting actor in a drama series , had all-white nominees. The top comedy nominee is Donald Glover 's Atlanta , with 16.

Here’s the heartwarming story of why the Gboard Morse Code option exists
Once Gboard is enabled as the default keyboard on your iOS device, you need to switch to the Morse Code input method. Google just released a new set of tools for Morse Code, including a game that can help you learn the method.