Two current Louisville football players and one future Cardinal used their social media platforms to react to the recent news surrounding surrounding John Schnatter.
The Papa John’s founder used the N-word during a conference call and resigned Wednesday as a University of Louisville board of trustee member as well as Chairman of the Board with the company he created.
With the Louisville Cardinal football stadium being named after a company that was founded by someone who is now perceived as a racist, this puts UofL in a tough spot.
Louisville receivers Seth Dawkins and Jaylen Smith made it quite clear that they want the name of the stadium to be changed.
We need to change the name of the stadium ASAP, I’m not here for it 🤷🏾♂️
— Seth Dawkins (@dawkins5_) July 12, 2018
AT ALL https://t.co/84JlAPznli
— Jaylen Smith (@JaylenSmith_12) July 12, 2018
Louisville native and commit Aidan Robbins feels the same.
Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium? Nah. 🤮🙅🏾♀️
— Aidan Robbins (@theaidanrobbins) July 12, 2018
Earlier this afternoon UofL president Neeli Bendapudi said she hadn’t reviewed changing the name of the stadium, but I’d say that will soon happen.
Bendapudi said she hasn't talked to Schnatter and hasn't reviewed the naming rights agreement for PJCS. Schnatter has naming rights until 2024 under the contract.
— Olivia Krauth (@oliviakrauth) July 12, 2018
Unfortunately, Schnatter’s deal with UofL is a little more complicated than most realized.
Reviewing the naming deals (there are two), I get a total of $20m ($14m from Schnatter, $6m from PJ's Inc.) for the naming rights to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Lasts through 2040-41. Checking figures with @uofl folks.
— Chris Otts (@christopherotts) July 12, 2018
John Schnatter owns the naming rights as an individual. The contract gives him the right to name the stadium after himself, a family member, or an entity with which he is associated. Papa John’s Inc. owns only rights for pizza sales, some signage, and seating rights.
— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) July 12, 2018