The dominoes continue to fall after the founder and former chief executive officer of Papa John’s used a racial slur in describing slow sales.
The latest to cut ties with the popular pizza delivery chain: the Miami Marlins.
The team announced in a statement Thursday that they immediately suspended all promotions and its relationship with the Papa John’s brand — including closing the Papa John’s concession stands at Marlins Park.
Under the promotion, if the Marlins scored five or more runs in a game, Papa John’s offered customers a promo code to get 50 percent off a pizza the next day.
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The move comes after John Schnatter, the Papa John’s chairman, complained in May during a media training exercise that slowing sales at the chain were partly a result of viewers’ dissatisfaction with NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders — of KFC fame — never faced a backlash for using the N-word, although he uttered the derogatory term.
Schnatter apologized and resigned as chairman of Papa John’s board late Wednesday.
The Marlins said Thursday the Papa John’s stands will be closed as of Friday, when the team begins a three-game series at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. The team is working with concessionaires to find a pizza option “as quickly as possible, but are not confident we will be able to provide that for this weekend’s series,” the Marlins said.
Major League Baseball announced it was distancing itself from Papa John’s and its promotions this week, Yahoo Sports reported. Less than a day after Schnatter left the board that carries the “John” of his name, the Marlins made it official, too.
“The Marlins are committed to an inclusive environment for all of our fans. Mr. Schnatter’s derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the values of our organization,” the team said in the statement.