John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s pizza, has had his share of troubles and missteps the last few months. One of these had to do with the way he blamed the NFL’s sale’s problems on its inability to deal with the issue of the players national anthem protests. During a conference call, Schnatter, unfortunately, also used a racial slur, which ended with his name being taken off of a Louisville baseball stadium. Along with this, John Schnatter’s image has been removed from pizza boxes and other marketing materials used by baseball organizations. The NFL also removed Papa John’s as their official pizza.
Lucky for Papa John’s pizza, in an article from Inc.com, Steve Ritchie, the company’s CEO, decided to stick his neck out and apologize for John Schnatter’s words. Ritchie called his words offensive and admitted that he was emotionally troubled over them. He went on to talk about how he has been experiencing some of his most difficult times with the company and also revealed that it pained him to know that the comments had hurt people. He also said that the words of Schnatter did not represent his values or the way he looks at the world. After all of that, Steve Ritchie came right out and directly apologized and then stated, firmly, that cruel language and racism would not be tolerated by Papa John’s at all.
The truth of the matter is that Papa John’s is not just one man. It is a pizza company that has been in business for many years with more than 120,000 team members and employees from all over the globe. The people who work at Papa John’s come from many different communities, and Steve Ritchie Papa Johns has recently revealed that the company will be bringing in experts, who are not connected with the company, to audit the company’s practices related to diversity and culture. He also spoke about how the company plans on being very transparent during this time and that he will be leading the work that needs to be done. Many people are seeing his comments and the actions that Papa John’s is taking as a sign that it really cares.
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