Papa John’s is hoping Shaquille O’Neal can do the same thing he did for the Lakers … return them to prominence … by adding the Big Man on as a member of their Board Of Directors.
Shaq announced the move moments ago on his Instagram with a statement talking about his future with the company, and his enthusiasm for their pies.
“I am so excited to be joining the Papa John’s family as a member of the Board of Directors, a soon-to-be investor in nine Papa John’s franchises in Atlanta and an ambassador for the brand.”
This is HUGE news for Papa John’s … the company has been embroiled in controversy ever since founder John Schnatter stepped down after he admitted to using the n-word during a conference call with executives last May.
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.
Shaq is a beloved figure in the community, and you have to believe PJ’s is hoping adding him will get them back on the good side of those who think the company is racist.
“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.”
BTW — this deal also comes with 9 franchises for Shaq in the Atlanta area … and that means free pizza … pace yourself, big guy.