UPDATE: It's being widely reported on Twitter that the slur was the n-word and in the context of "Colonel Sanders used it and didn't get into trouble." John Schnatter has resigned from the Louisville Board of Trustees:
So you're in a conference call with a media company and the CEO uses a racial slur and suggests violence against one race of people and the media company cuts all ties with your company and will never speak to you again?
Also allegedly, this is about football.
Maybe "better ingredients" would help. Bloomberg reports on a media company called "Laundry Service" which clearly helps companies deal with their dirty laundry, get it?
Laundry Service, owned by sports agency owner Casey Wasserman, told staff in a May 31 letter that it would be ending its work with an unnamed client due to “the regrettable recent events that several employees of Laundry Service witnessed during interactions with a client’s executive,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by Bloomberg News.
Following the incident, Laundry Service said it held a call with the client’s chief executive officer to discuss winding down the media agency’s work with the company. “We also instructed the client that during this transition, the executive who made the offensive remarks must not communicate directly with any Laundry Service employee,” according to the letter. “We are proud to share an understanding with you that racism, and other forms of discrimination, will not be tolerated.”
Forbes reported that the call was arranged between Papa John’s executives and Laundry Service as a role-playing exercise for Schnatter to prevent future public-relations missteps.
So in this "role-playing exercise" John Schnatter took the opportunity to rail against NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem, calling them a "slur" and wishing he could commit violence against them...ALLEGEDLY.
"To prevent future public-relations missteps"? You mean, like the time a New York City employee labelled a customer with a slur that actually wound up on her RECEIPT?
Papa Johns fired that employee and got rid of John Schnatter, but these stories don't help the "better ingredients" chain in the pizza wars.
Hashtag fail, Papa Johns.