LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WBKO/AP) -- Papa John's founder John Schnatter has resigned from the University of Louisville Board of Trustees after he used a racial slur during a conference call.
Forbes said Schnatter used the N-word during a media training exercise. When asked how he would distance himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using the word.
In a statement from Papa John's, Schnatter said reports attributing use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language to him were true. He said, "Regardless of the context, I apologize."
Schnatter stepped down as CEO last year after blaming slowing sales growth on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.
WKYT reports Board of Trustees chairman J. David Grissom confirmed Schnatter tendered his resignation from the board effective immediately after two years of service. Grissom defended Schnatter, saying the comments did not reflect his personal beliefs.