By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
As the fall out continues with Papa John’s, the Louisville Cardinals have renamed its football stadium. Instead of being named Papa John’s Stadium, it will now be called Cardinal Stadium.
John Schnatter, who founded the company, and was the chairman until recently when he used a racial slur.
Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi announces the move on Friday afternoon. She said she has the support of the Board of Trustees.
She also admitted that she spoke with Schnatter before she announced the move. She said he apologized and supported the move, as she said he did not want to be a distraction.
“These comments were hurtful and unacceptable, and they do not reflect the values of our university,” Bendapudi wrote in a letter sent to the university community. “By taking this action, we renew our community’s commitment to speaking up when it matters, doing what is right, and coming together as one team — our Cardinal family — to heal and move forward. The brightest days for this university are still ahead.”
He previously resigned from the company last year during the NFL protests. Yet, he remained on as the Chairman until recently.
Several Cardinals players were not happy about Schnatter‘ schools of words. They were vocal that a change should be made.
Since Papa John’s paid money for the naming rights, it is not clear if there will be any ramifications moving forward. Or if the school would have to repay any money to the Pizza company.
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