It was announced today that Shaquille O’Neal is Papa John’s newest board member. The retired basketball player is also an investor of nine Papa John’s eateries in Atlanta and an ambassador for the pizza brand.
The news comes after the company saw its sales tank in North America after the scandals involving its founder John Schnatter when he used the n-word during a conference call. His image has since been removed from all marketing materials and pizza boxes.
The pizza company is trying to stage a comeback, and Shaq was the perfect person to help them since he has been investing in restaurants since he was in the NBA. According to CNBC, he also owns a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Atlanta, a Las Vegas fried chicken restaurant called Big Chicken, and a Los Angeles fine dining restaurant called Shaquille’s. He previously owned 27 Five Guys franchises.