Yahoo Sports reports that MLB has suspended its Papa Slam promotion, which offers customers 40% off pizzas ordered the same day a batter hits a grand slam. Currently, the promotion remains unchanged on MLB's website. A glut of other baseball teams have either severed ties completely or suspended sponsorships with Papa John's, including the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals, per Fortune.
Additionally, the University of Louisville announced a plan on Friday to remove the Papa John's name from the university's Cardinals Stadium, while the mayor of Schnatter's Indiana hometown returned a $400,000 donation Schnatter made to restore an historic gym. The NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United have also suspended partnerships with Papa Johns.
Schnatter apologized in an emailed statement to Forbes after his racist remark was made public, writing:
"News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true," he said. "Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.