I have read several news accounts (and they can be found everywhere) but my understanding of the use of the racial slur was as follows:
The CEO was in a meeting addressing the heat that Papa Johns had been taking for speaking out in favor of NFL players standing for the national anthem and not remaining in the locker room or taking a knee. Some had said that stance was racist against blacks. In the meeting he denied that he was racist and was apparently exasperated by the criticism and said something to the effect that “Colonel Sanders called black people niggers and he didn’t get in trouble for it.”
Afterwards, because he used “the n word” he was pressured to resign.
Is my understanding accurate? If so, then WTF? Isn’t it plain that he wasn’t using the word, that he was simply describing another person’s use of the word?
If this new standard applies, should I be barred from being a CEO, a civic officer or otherwise because of my use of the word above?