The ‘Day of Reckoning’ is Coming for Papa John’s

Gray Moxley, Author

A very ominous warning was given by none other than the founder and former CEO of Papa John’s, John Schnatter. In his first interview since his resignation in late 2017, Schnatter seems to let go all of his frustrations with the pizza company he founded.

His resignation came after he reportedly used racial slurs in a diversity meeting after expressing his frustration with the NFL protests, which were against police brutality. Eventually, he had no choice but to resign and was replaced with Steve Ritchie. Now he seems determined to tell his side of the story.


In an interview, the first major one since he resigned, Schnatter claims, “I’ve had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, and it’s not the same pizza. It’s not the same product. It just doesn’t taste as good. The way they’re making the pizza is just not fundamental to what makes a Papa John’s Pizza.” Schnatter has sold most of his stock and is no longer the majority shareholder. He claims that even if the company asked for him back, he wouldn’t become the CEO again.

He closed the interview rather ominously, saying, “The day of reckoning will come. The record will be set
straight.” Who or what the reckoning is coming for is unknown, but John Schnatter seems intent on making it happen.

Editorial note: I believe John Schnatter on this one. He claims he was set up, and from some of the details given from his resignation, I side with him. Time will only tell when the record will be set straight.