LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 29: The Louisville Cardinals take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Schnatter, and not Papa John’s Pizza, purchased naming rights for Louisville football’s “Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.” On Friday, the school’s president said that Schnatter supports taking “Papa John’s” off of the name, in light of the recent scandal stemming from his use of the n-word during a conference call.President Neeli Bendapudi held a press conference, and said that she had decided to go through with the name change. She also said that she spoke to Schnatter about the issue, and that he apologized and gave the name change his blessing.The Papa John’s founder has been back on the offensive in recent days. On Friday, he spoke to WLKY about various issues, and said that Louisville hasn’t been honest about their dealings.Via the Courier-Journal:John Schnatter said he didn’t know the University of Louisville was dropping “Papa John’s” from the football stadium’s name until Friday’s announcement was made by U of L President Neeli Bendapudi.[…]“No, that wasn’t true,” Schnatter told WLKY. “The administration said I apologized. I think I need to apologize to the players and to the students and to the faculty. But I never apologized for taking the name down. I never knew about it. I knew they were taking a look at it, but they told me they’d wait over for the weekend. So that was not true.”John Schnatter, who stepped down from the Louisville Board of Trustees two days ago, says that the school is “not being honest.”“I worked on this board for two years,” Schnatter told WLKY. “I said, ‘Hey, let’s play it straight. Let’s put the cards on the table. Let’s be transparent. Clean business is good business.’ And I’m gone two days, and they’re already caving. They’re already not being honest. That’s been disappointing.”Asked by WLKY if he would fight his name being taken off the stadium, Schnatter didn’t give a definitive answer, saying “I just found out about it.”Considering this whole incident stems from cascading public relations disasters, the move for Schnatter is probably not to fight this too much, especially given players’ and fans’ desire for the stadium name to change.He has also gone after the NFL and Roger Goodell again in the last few days, so it doesn’t seem like he’s ready to give up the limelight.[WLKY; Courier-Journal]
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