John Schnatter
John Schnatter

Sitrick And Company is representing Papa John’s founder and former chairman John Schnatter, who has blasted the company for acting on “rumor and innuendo” when it asked him to step down as chairman before it launched an investigation into his use of the N-word.

He now regrets his resignation.

Michael Sitrick told O’Dwyer’s that he and S&C partner Terry Fahn were retained by Los Angeles law firm Glaser Weil to represent Schnatter.

In his letter to Papa John’s board, Schnatter ripped the company for once again demonstrating “that it does not know how to handle a crisis based on misinformation.”

Schnatter says he used the N-word during a diversity training course, not as a racial epitaph.

“I will not allow either my name or the good name of the company I founded and love to be unfairly tainted,” he wrote.

Glaser Weil’s Patricia Glaser represented celebrity chef Paula Deen following her use of the N-word.

She also worked for Harvey Weinstein during his negotiations with Weinstein Co. after he was terminated for alleged sexual misconduct.