The founder of the Papa John's pizza chain has stepped down as chairman of the board after he apologized for using a racial slur against African Americans during a conference call in May. John Schnatter's resignation comes months after he had already quit as CEO in the wake of controversial remarks concerning the National Football League's handling of anthem protests. An article published Wednesday in Forbes detailed the latest incident from May involving a conference call between Papa John's executives and the marketing agency Laundry Service. In the call, Schnatter sought to downplay his earlier remarks about the NFL's protests, led by African American players, allegedly saying that "Colonel Sanders called blacks n******," and never faced a public rebuke. According to Forbes, "Schnatter also reflected on his early life in Indiana, where, he said, people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died. Papa John's Founder Quits As Chairman After Using The N-Word During Conference Call Bad pizza, better racism - Papa Johns.