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Is Shaq Switching Sides? Joins #TeamPapaJohns!

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So, Shaquille O’Neal is cool with Papa John’s founder brazenly using the n-word? Let’s hope not.

The former Lakers center has taken his talents from the hardwood to the boardroom and has partnered up with Papa John’s as a member of the Board of Directors. Shaq made the announcement via Instagram just moments ago.

However, the former all-star conveniently left out any mention of PJ’s founder, John Schnatter , and his us of the n-word during a conference call with executives last May. The scandal caused quite a stir and since then, the company has been hit with boycotts by some members of the Black community, leading to declining sales 5 quarters in a row according to CNN business.

So, what does a pizza chain do when they’ve pissed off people of color? Find one to be the face of their problematic pies!

In a longer statement on the company’s website, Shaq seemingly approached the issue of Papa John’s tainted reputation stating:

“Because of my background, I know that behind every large company, there are thousands of people that put their heart and soul into the business. Papa John’s is no different, and it struck a chord with me that the company is putting in the work to do better within its walls and in the communities it serves across the country. After spending time with Steve and some of the leaders at Papa John’s, I know the company is destined for great success – and you know how I feel about winning!”

Clearly, Papa John’s is hoping Shaq rehabs their image — but do you think Shaq made the right move linking up with the questionable brand?

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