Shaquille O’Neal Will Be New Face Of Papa John’s Pizza
Shaquille O’Neil will be the new face of Papa John’s Pizza following the racist scandal with the founder, making him the first African-American board member.
Shaq will be joining the Papa John’s board of directors as part of an $8.25 million deal to be the Louisville-based company’s brand ambassador.
“In addition to his business acumen, Shaquille understands how to build lasting connections with consumers and energize employees,” announced Papa John’s CEO Steve Ritchie.
O’Neal will be signing a three-year marketing deal with the company. The $8.25 million will be split between monetary value and company stock.
“I have truly enjoyed the high-quality Papa John’s product for years and am excited to be able to help Papa John’s raise their game to new heights,” O’Neal said in a statement. “Papa John’s is building a better culture, and I want to be a part of improving the Company from the inside out.”
As we reported, Papa John’s pizza went through a major scandal with stocks plummeting when it’s founder John Schnatter stepped down as CEO in late 2017 after a recording of him using the N-word surfaced.