MLB teams suspend ties with Papa John's after founder's admission of n-word use – Washington Post

“Regardless of the context, I apologize,” Papa John’s founder John Schnatter said Wednesday. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

The fallout from Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s admission that he used the n-word continued this week, as several MLB teams suspended their ties with the pizza chain. Schnatter, 56, apologized for his comments Wednesday and resigned as chairman of the board of the company, following a Forbes report about remarks he made in May. Schnatter acknowledged the report was accurate.

The Washington Nationals on Friday became at least the sixth MLB team to suspend their promotional deals with the chain, saying in a statement that they “do not condone discrimination of any kind.”

“Therefore, we have suspended our partnership with Papa John’s,” the statement continued. “However, we remain supportive of our local operators who have been fantastic partners for more than eleven years.”

Under the promotional deal, which has existed in various forms for years, customers received 50 percent off their Papa John’s orders the day after the Nationals scored at least seven runs in a win.

Later Friday, the Yankees became at least the seventh MLB team to suspend their relationship with the chain, continuing a string of similar moves that began Thursday, a day after Schnatter’s resignation.

Statement from the New York Yankees regarding Papa John’s:

“In response to the reprehensible remarks made by Papa John’s founder and owner, the New York Yankees are suspending their relationship with the company.”

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 13, 2018

“Mr. Schnatter’s derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the values of our organization,” the Miami Marlins said in announcing they were suspending their “relationship and promotion with the Papa John’s brand.” Under their arrangement, if the

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