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The Washington Nationals have resumed their relationship with Papa John’s Pizza, one month after the team suspended its ties to the pizza chain.
“We have revived our partnership with Papa John’s,” a Nationals spokesperson wrote in an email statement to City Paper. “The Nationals have a long and positive relationship with our local Papa John’s owners and operators, who employ thousands of people across the region. We feel confident that the local franchisees and their employees share our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and are part of Papa John’s national effort to distance the organization from the inappropriate and hurtful behavior of the company’s founder.”
In July, several sports teams cut ties with Papa John’s or reevaluated their relationship with the national pizza chain after Papa John’s founder and former chief executive John Schnatter admitted he used the N-word during a conference call in May.
The Nationals resumed the relationship on Aug. 7, according to a team spokesperson.
Fans on social media noticed that promotions have been running on television broadcasts this month, and several expressed disappointment at the decision.
On Friday, the team sent out an email featuring a Papa’s John promotion that benefits the Nationals Youth Academy, with the words “Locally Owned & Operated” shown prominently in the ad.
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