It’s a classic fall from grace story. Papa John, once the proud chairman of the pizza delivery chain of the same name, has been forced to sue his once beloved restaurant.
In a strange twist John Schnatter, the man who once stood behind the Papa John’s brand, has filed a lawsuit against the chain for denying him access to company documents relating to the new CEO, Steve Ritchie.
So papa John just gonna sue papa johns like that? pic.twitter.com/rUkhOD4m4c
— Layton (@ImNotLaytonK) July 27, 2018
Schnatter stepped down after allegations that he had used a racist slur during a company call. According to Forbes, the comment had to do with Colonel Sanders and his use of the n-word.
The lawsuit was filed in a Delaware court and Schnatter’s attorneys have stated that they are “seeking to inspect Company documents because of the unexplained and heavy-handed way in which the Company has treated him since the publication of a story that falsely accused him of using a racial slur.”
Since Ritchie took over as CEO, Schnatter has been vocal about his beliefs that the former minimum wage employee is not the right fit for Papa John’s. “Steve Ritchie would be a great executive for another company. I just don’t think he’s the right fit for Papa John’s at this time,” the former CEO stated, adding that he brought his concerns to the board.
So I heard you like lawsuits. So I'm going to make you Papa John, so you can sue Papa Johns while you're Papa John. pic.twitter.com/D4CxOibRmT
— Gia El Aynaoui (@ProblemChildFil) July 27, 2018
Schnatter’s list of controversies doesn’t stop with the alleged use of a racial slur. When players of the National Football League came under fire for not standing during the national anthem in November, Schnatter criticized the movement, claiming the protests have hurt Papa John’s business.
According to Schnatter, it’s not just the NFL that’s hurting the pizzaria. “In my view, things are getting worse, not better,” he said in reference to Ritchie’s leadership. “That is why the board needs to take action and shareholders may need to take action in regards to the board.”
— Ben Rezisting (@BRezisting) July 27, 2018
Schnatter may have real concerns for the future of Papa John’s — or the future of his paycheck — but social media spectators are finding humor in the situation.
CUT MY LIFE INTO PIZZA https://t.co/VZYcjcF029
— Julie Gerstein (@havethehabit) July 26, 2018
Papa John: But I already admitted fault and stepped down as the company chair
Papa John: Sue Papa Johns pic.twitter.com/W3xxBFh8fU
— (@NotTooBrad) July 27, 2018
>papa john says n word
>papa john leaves papa johns
>papa john proceeds to sue papa john’s and papa john’s new papa john
this is gonna get hella confusing for the judge
— master chaplin (@amazonshippin) July 27, 2018
This nigga papa john gonna sue papa johns so hard them motherfuckers are gonna have to rebrand entirely. Shits gonna be Cousin Nicky’s damn near
— Dat Boi Aint Right (@Zavierbrown44) July 27, 2018
Now here’s an idea some people may be able to get behind, especially pizza enthusiasts.
How’s about we sue all @PapaJohns for perpetrating to be purveyors of pretend pizza? The only thing I have gotten from them is sick and racism.
— Ace Decade (@hellomrbungle) July 27, 2018