For years, pizza chain founder John Schnatter was one of the most visible boosters of the University of Louisville athletic department.
His Papa John’s franchise — from which he resigned last year as CEO over the use of a racial slur — is headquartered in a Louisville suburb and was the title sponsor of the Louisville Cardinals football stadium.
But after the school severed its ties with Schnatter last year over the incident, he re-emerged at Saturday’s basketball game between No. 4 Louisville and No. 19 Kentucky — wearing blue and sitting behind the Wildcats bench.
The sighting lit up social media with fans on both sides of the Bluegrass State rivalry.
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The possible change in allegiances ended up working out for Schnatter as the Wildcats defeated the Cardinals 78-70 in overtime.