John Schnatter, founder of pizza chain Papa John’s, had a very rough week last week, being forced to resign from the company he started after it was leaked to the media that he used the “n-word” during a conference call in May.
As you can probably imagine, as soon as folks on the left got hold of this, the man was slammed every which way but loose, which is why he had to leave his company, not even being given a fair shake to explain his side of things.
Well, now he’s speaking out and telling his side of the story, and it’s not pretty. Schnatter claims he was blackmailed.
“It doesn’t matter the context,” Schnatter told WLKY News. “The fact of the matter is that word hurts people. It was a strategy session, it was training. … I was just repeating what somebody else said. I was actually kind of provoked a little bit.”
Schnatter says marketing agency Laundry Service attempted to get them to partner with a third party, which has used the n-word.Trending:
“This other party used that word a lot,” explained the founder, adding, “By the fourth or fifth pass, I just said, ‘No, we’re not gonna be part of any such thing. So-and-so used the n-word, and we don’t use the n-word, and we’re not gonna use the n-word. And that’s it.’ So, we kind of shut that down quickly.”
According to a report from Forbes, during the conference call, Schnatter said “Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s” and explained that Sanders did not receive similar backlash from the public. The media company was supposed to be helping Papa John’s with their public relations.Advertisement - story continues below
Two weeks after the call, Laundry Service “tried to extort us,” says Schnatter.
“They wanted 6 million dollars to make it go away. … The words were, ‘If I don’t get my effing money, I’m gonna bury the founder,’ said one of the executives. I’m not for sale.”
The company then took the story to Forbes. Schnatter also went on to hit both Forbes and The Courier, calling them out for lying.
Schnatter finished by stating he doesn’t condone racism in any way.
If this is true, the company responsible for blackmailing him deserves to have the pants sued off of them and more for breaking the law for their own personal gain.
It’s definitely not beyond the realm of possibility that this actually happened. Lots of race baiters out there love to line their pockets off this hot button issue, the Rev. Al Sharpton coming immediately to mind.
Racism is no longer about equality these days, but about creating protected classes and finding ways to profit off of civil unrest and hatred, something that’s completely despicable and just plain wrong.
Let’s hope Schnatter is somehow vindicated for this — if it turns out to be true — and that the whole mess gets straightened out by the truth, wherever it may lead.
Source: Daily Wire