John Schnatter said “it was a mistake” to resign after being asked to step down in the wake of a controversy about his use of a racial slur.
In a letter to the company directors dated July 14, Schnatter said that he was asked during media training whether he was racist, and answered “no.” Then, “I [said] something on the order of, Colonel Sanders used the word ‘N,’ (I actually used the word), that I would never use that word, and Papa John’s doesn’t use that word.”
“The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation.
“I will not allow either my good name or the good name of the company I founded and love to be unfairly tainted.”
The pizza mogul has retained Los Angeles trial attorney Patricia Glaser, who requested that the board appoint a special committee to investigate the matter.