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Papa John's founder resigns as chairman over N-word controversy


Papa John's founder John Schnatter has stepped down as chairman of the company's board after apologising for using the N-word in a conference call, BBC reports.

The pizza chain founder used the racial slur in a media training session in May, according to media reports.

Mr Schnatter resigned as the company's CEO last year after criticising the NFLover players' national anthem protests.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said it condemned "racism and any insensitive language".

It later said it had accepted Mr Schnatter's resignation and that a new board chairman would be appointed in the coming weeks.

Trump donor Mr Schnatter stepped down as chief executive of the company in 2017 after he criticised the National Football League (NFL) for not containing national anthem protests at American football games, which he said were hurting his firm's sales.

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