UofL football players, president react to Schnatter's racial slur

Schnatter's name removed from Jeffersonville Fieldhouse; UofL looking into naming rights
Published: Jul. 12, 2018 at 6:44 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 12:02 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fallout from the John Schnatter fiasco continued across the UofL community Thursday.

At least two football players posted their candid thoughts on Twitter, and the university's president spoke publicly about it for the first time.

Schnatter, the founder of global pizza chain Papa John's, stepped down as its chairman of the board Wednesday, just hours after a Forbes report that he had used the N-word during a conference call with Papa John's executives and representatives from a marketing agency. Schnatter also stepped down from both the UofL Board of Trustees, as well as the UofL Foundation Board.

Thursday, two Cardinal football players -- wide receivers Seth Dawkins and Jaylen Smith -- took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the name of the stadium they play in -- Papa John's Cardinal Stadium:

And later in the day, fellow wide receiver Keion Wakefield shared an interesting suggestion on Twitter:

Also Thursday, UofL President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi was asked if the name of the facility will be changed. She said the matter will be discussed.

"To be candid, it's not just my personal opinion, but all of us a team and as a representative of the community, we have to talk about (it) and we will look at (it)," she told reporters.

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Bendapudi also said she was disappointed about Wednesday's developments.

"I think my reaction was one of disappointment -- disappointment for everybody concerned -- disappointment for us, disappointment for him, that (in) this day and age, unfortunately this was something that was said," she said.

Papa John's stock prices rebounded and closed up 11 percent at more than $53. But CNBC financial analyst Jim Cramer expressed concern.

"When you talk to high level people in the pizza industry there are people who think this company is falling apart," Cramer said on the air Thursday. "I don't think that pizza is still a growth category in an industry devoid of growth, but when you see the disparity between Dominos and Papa John's, that share take is just plain old share take."

Schnatter owns the naming rights of the stadium until the year 2042.

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