Jeffersonville to return donation made by Schnatter to fieldhouse project

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The mayor of Jeffersonville says the city will be returning a donation made by a native son to save a historic building.

In Jeffersonville, Schnatter's name has already been taken off the historic Nachand Fieldhouse he pledged $800,000 to restore.

A donation of $800,000 was made by John Schnatter to the Nachand Fieldhouse restoration project. Mayor Mike Moore said the money being returned represents the half of the donation the city has received.

Moore said he also decided to send the $400,000 already contributed by the pizza mogul back to him.

"Fifty years from now, maybe, people will have a better understanding of what I'm doing," Mike Moore, the Mayor of Jeffersonville, said.

Moore said he also decided to send the $400,000 already contributed by the pizza mogul back to him.

"I just decided I didn't want it," Moore said. "There are some things that are more important than money."

Thursday was a day Moore said has been full of pain, unlike the one when Schnatter, his childhood friend, helped fund the fieldhouse.

"It was a great day. Yeah. Local boy makes good, comes back and writes a big check," Moore said. "A great story. It just didn't have the ending we had hoped for."

Schnatter's name was removed from the building on Wednesday after he admitted to using a racial slur during a conference call in May.

His name was also taken off of the Jeffersonville Wall of Fame Thursday morning.

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