The New York Post reports:
Papa John’s can’t get out of its own way. Its stock was down more than 4 percent on Wednesday following a report that founder and chairman John Schnatter allegedly made racist comments during a May conference call in which he was receiving public relations training from an outside marketing firm.
The controversial restaurateur — who had to step down as chief executive in January for his remarks on football players taking a knee during the national anthem — allegedly said “Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s” and never faced a backlash, according to Forbes, which first reported the incident.
Schnatter also reflected on his youth growing up in Indiana, where he allegedly said on the conference call that “people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died,” according to the Forbes report, which claimed that Schnatter shared the story in a misguided effort to show his distaste for racism.