Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has resigned from chairman of the board after apologizing for using the N-word in a conference call.
The pizza chain founder used the racial slur in an average training session in the month of May.
Mr. Schnatter resigned as the chief executive officer of the company, last year, after criticizing the NFL on the players’ national anthem of the protests.
In a statement Wednesday, the company said it condemned “the racism and any insensitive language”.
Later, he said, had not accepted Mr. Schnatter’s resignation and that a new president will be appointed in the coming weeks.
The incident happened during a conference call in May between the leaders of Papa John’s and a marketing agency called the Laundry.
According to Forbes, the call has involved a role-playing exercise, which was to give Mr. Schnatter’s experience in dealing with difficult issues.
When discussing how she would have the distances from racist groups, Mr. Schnatter has said that the Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC, had never faced criticism for using the N-word, Forbes reported.
Trump donor Mr. Schnatter has resigned from the company’s chief executive in 2017, after criticizing the National Football League (NFL) for not containing the national anthem of the protests, American football games, which he said were hurting his sales of a company.
The players were protesting against the treatment of people of color in the UNITED states in the knee during the national anthem.
The president, Donald Trump has also criticized the players for the protests, and hold the NFL to ban them.