Papa John's potty mouth
Is there any doubt left that the N-bomb is the most powerful word in our language?
For John Schnatter — the dude you know as the red-shirt-wearing, pizza-slinging spokesman for Papa John's Pizza — there is no debate.
Consider this timeline of events Wednesday:
Forbes reports that Schnatter drops N-bomb on a conference call (ironically, in a speech on how to avoid PR controversy, he pointed to KFC and Colonel Sanders using the N-word);
Papa John's stocks tumble on the news, causing the company to lose almost 5 percent of its value (roughly $90 million);
Schnatter steps down from the board of trustees at Louisville;
MLB distances itself from its official sponsor of next week's Home Run Derby;
Schnatter resigns as chairman of the board of the pizza chain he founded.
Who says words can never hurt you was dead wrong.
Fall out from falls
In the growing age of revenue streams for every sport, school, team and player, the fall out from P.R. debacles is a bigger and bigger deal.
First, we could very well be seeing the beginning of the end of the human spokesperson for national and international brands. (When Jared was revealed as a pedophile, it crushed Subway's image, and those effects can still be felt three-plus years later.)
Second, what about the connections beyond the businesses?
Schnatter controls the naming rights for Papa John's Stadium at Louisville for the next 23 years. That's an issue.
Will the MLB have to give money back to the pizza chain after pulling the connection that Papa John's was paying for?
Now, we have long had a belief that you should not build a statue of anyone until those folks are dead. That maximizes the chances of knowing all the dirt.
Enter the statue of Jerry Richardson, the founder and original owner of the Carolina Panthers who was forced to sell the team after repeated sexual harassment and improper interactions in the work place.
Part of the $2-plus-billion sale to David Tepper that was finalized earlier this week, the Panthers are contractually obligated to keep the statue of Richardson outside the stadium.
So there's that.
Speaking of falls from grace, Bill Cosby's birthday is today. He is 81.
George Washington Carver was born on this day in 1864. Richard Simmons is 70 today.
On this day 61 years ago, the U.S. surgeon general connects smoking to lung cancer.
Curly of the Three Stooges was born own this day in 1909.
Rushmore of "Three" and be creative. (Remember the mailbag.)