Louisville evaluating Papa John’s stadium name

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"Our community has been fractured by the comments made by former UofL trustee John Schnatter", Bendapudi said in a statement she read to reporters, adding that the comments were "hurtful and unacceptable".

Schnatter resigned from the UofL Board of Trustees Wednesday after admitting that he said the N-word in a conference call created to prevent public relations disasters. Papa John's founder John Schnatter's name will also be removed from the school's Center for Free Enterprise, she said.

The naming rights deal for the football stadium is unique, because the school's deal is with Schnatter, not the Papa John's brand.

The Minnesota Twins have "indefinitely suspended" the global pizza chain from their Minneapolis stadium, Twins communications director Dustin Morse says.

While Schnatter has since resigned from his role with the pizza chain, the company is still dealing with the fallout of the controversy, and has now lost promotional deals with teams across baseball - the Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, and Baltimore Orioles have all either paused or cancelled relationships they had with the brand.

Schnatter's controversial comment came during a role-playing exercise during a May conference call, which itself was organized in the wake of his comments concerning the NFL, and placing blame on the league's national anthem protests for the company's sales, Forbes reported. "Regardless of the context, I apologize".

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"We understand this comes with certain consequences, and we have examined all of those", Bendapudi said, not clarifying what the consequences could be.

Bendapudi did not comment on Schnatter's reaction to the stadium being renamed. The promotion allowed baseball fans to get 40 percent off their order at Papa John's the day after any player hit a grand slam by using an online coupon code.

A slice of cheese pizza at a Papa John's pizza shop in Quincy, Mass.

Schnatter also reportedly said that when he was growing up in IN, people would drag black people from trucks until they died.

Several current Louisville football players expressed on Thursday a desire to have the name of the stadium changed as well.

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