Rays suspend Papa John's pizza promotion

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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.

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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.

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