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Hundreds call for Ball State to cut ties with former Papa John’s CEO

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter attends a meeting in Louisville, Ky. Schnatter says the pizza chain needs him back as its public face, and that it was a mistake for the company to scrub him from its marketing materials after he acknowledged using a racial slur last month. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — More than 500 people have emailed Ball State University about its decision to support Papa John’s founder John Schnatter amid controversy over his use of a racial slur.

The Star Press reports that trustees decided Friday to support the pizza-chain founder, who graduated from the university in 1983.

An online petition has been started asking trustees to reverse the decision and remove Schnatter’s name from the university’s John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.

A university spokeswoman says officials condemn racism and are committed to diversity and inclusion.

Schnatter resigned as chairman of the pizza chain after Forbes reported last month that he used the N-word during a media training conference call. He has apologized for using the word, but said it was taken out of context.

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2 comments

Paul August 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

These people are HYPOCRITES!!

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Monte August 9, 2018 at 5:11 pm

This is BS, pun intended. Ask the 500 demanding John’s name be removed from a building, to open their skinny wallets and refund his racist donations.

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