Papa John made a new $ 30,000 donation Monday to a historically black college in Kentucky after it was revealed that $ 20,000 in scholarships to 10 students paid for gifts from a pizza delivery company were withdrawn, leaving students forced to come
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The original donation, which funded the $ 2,000 paid for student living expenses, was withdrawn because it appeared that staff at Simmons College in Kentucky appeared to have turned down a $ 1 million donation from Pope John John Schnater, the founder of Pope Jones, who resigned as CEO of the company after making racist remarks. The story was first reported by the Courier-Journal.
The unexpected withdrawal of scholarships was announced at about the same time as Schnatter's promise. The move has put him back in the spotlight after he resigned amid criticism for publicly criticizing the NFL and using racial fraud over a year ago.
The donation from the pizza franchise, according to the school, was supposed to cover the cost of living, such as food and housing. The students were informed by the Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, the college's president, that the funds had been canceled.
The question of who is responsible for withdrawing the money from 10 students quoted by Pope John against Simmons officials. Simmons said he refused to take Pope John's money after pressure from company officials.
In a prepared statement, Cosby stated that the withdrawal was a direct attack on students.
"even though someone has taken weapons of mass destruction and put them into the hopes and dreams and aspirations of some of America's most vulnerable students," Cosby said.
A spokesman for Simmons said the school only meant to delay scholarships and school staff were acting under the pressure of Pope John's director of diversity. A school spokesman says the company has become uncomfortable with Schnatter's donation. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Pope John denied it and said the school's dropout was unexpected.
In emails sent from the school to the company and shared with FOX Business, it appears that the college is actively reducing money.
"In light of the latest news, it is best to drop your scholarships at this point and perhaps look at other ways to partner in the future," writes Von Purdy, Simmons Development Director.
A spokesman for Simmons said the choice of a word in the email was made after earlier phone calls from Pope Jones, who pressured college staff to return the money.
In response to an email to the school, Pope John's official seemed to agree that they did not want the company and Schnatter to be confused.
"We fully understand the conflict of interest here between John Schnatter's donation to Simmons and the connection between Papa John's brand and the College," Victoria Rousse I will be the head of diversity, justice and inclusion for Father John. "Thank you for taking the initiative and clearly separating John and the brand."
Schnatter stepped down as CEO of the Louisville pizza chain in 2017 after blaming disappointing sales on NFL player protests. He later resigned as chairman after using the N-word during a company conference call.
Schnatter told FOX Business earlier this month in an exclusive interview that he resigned because he was ready to retire.
"I was not forced to retire," he told Maria Bartiromo about "Morning with Maria" and added: "We had a fantastic nine-year start. We took a share of about $ 6.40 a share at almost $ 80. And so good running, good fun, good time – we were ready to continue. "
Schnatt said his comments about the NFL were" misunderstood "and that the company was guilty of not correcting the record.
Click here to read more about FOX Business  "I would like [NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell just to solve the problem. Remember that one third of our budget was the NFL," Schnatter said. "So when I think the ratings were about 20 percent … that harming our business, hurting our franchisees, hurting our small business owners. "
Regarding the conference, Schnatter added, h his words "twisted".
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Julia Limitone contributed to this report.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Papa Johns and that the pizza delivery company gave Simons College of Kentucky $ 30,000, college confirmation that the money was also received explanations as to why it appears that the college proactively declined Pope John's original donation.