(FOX NEWS) — A new report claims that Papa John’s former CEO used an offensive racial slur during a May 2018 conference call with a marketing agency — an allegation that is shining negative limelight on the pizza chain once again.

On July 11, Forbes reported that Papa John’s founder, chairman and public face John Schnatter, uttered the N-word on a call with company executives and a marketing firm known as Laundry Service. Citing “a source with knowledge of the event,” the alleged encounter reportedly led Laundry Service to cut ties with the company.

According to the outlet, the call was coordinated for the 56-year-old to practice a “role-playing exercise” to “prevent future public-relations snafus” in the wake of the scandal that forced his resignation as CEO in December 2017. The month prior, Schnatter publically blamed Papa John’s struggling third-quarter sales through football season on the NFL’s handling of players’ national anthem protests, Fox Business reported.

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