Tennessee Titans recipient Julio Jones and his retired former Atlanta Falcons teammate Roddy White are being sued by their partners at a California-based cannabis company for allegedly illegally operating the company’s facility while harvesting $3 million worth of marijuana to use on the black market to sell.
In a complaint filed July 21 in Los Angeles County Superior Court and obtained by DailyMail.com, attorneys for that company charged Genetixs, Jones, White and other defendants with conspiracy to defraud and breach of fiduciary duties, among other claims.
Jones and White are alleged to have conspired with a construction company owner named John Van Beek and his son, Shaun, to run a black market marijuana ring out of the Genetixs facility. The defendants are said to have reported no sales since March while illegally operating the Desert Hot Springs, California facility.
According to the file, the defendants “looted, removed, diverted and misappropriated Genetixs’ cannabis proceeds obtained from more than 22 crops, as well as the machinery, equipment and equipment contained therein.”
The defendants’ attorney Rafael Emanuel denied the allegations in a telephone conversation with DailyMail.com, adding that Jones is merely a “silent partner” in the agreement with White’s company, SLW Holdings, which was also named as the defendant.
Genetixs’ attorney, Marc Smith of the Los Angeles law firm of Krane and Smith, told DailyMail.com that he and his clients have “substantial evidence to support the allegations in the complaint, which were investigated before the complaint was filed. ‘
Tennessee Titans recipient Julio Jones (left) and his retired former Atlanta Falcons teammate Roddy White (right) are being sued by their partners at a California-based cannabis company for allegedly illegally operating the company facility while harvesting $3 million worth of marijuana to resell the black market
According to the file obtained by DailyMail.com, the defendants “looted, removed, diverted and misappropriated Genetixs’ cannabis proceeds obtained from more than 22 crops, as well as the machinery, equipment and fixtures contained therein.” (Pictured) The California corporate facility, where some suspects allegedly turned off security cameras to avoid detection
Titans spokespersons have not yet responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Larry Brown Sports was the first to report the lawsuit.
Jones and White have previously invested in Genetixs through a holding company, according to the filing.
Neither Van Been nor his son immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s email request for comment, nor do they have lawyers for Genetixs.
Jones, a seven-time Pro Bowl roster, was acquired by the Titans in a trade with Atlanta earlier this year. The 32-year-old has made more than $125 million in his NFL career and is credited with $15 million this season
Van Beek was hired by Genetics in 2020 to work as the on-site manager and operator of that facility, but was fired in March 2021 after a state inspection of the facility found numerous violations, according to the complaint.
Van Beek is accused of breach of contract, failing to report cannabis sales and failing to provide financial information to other investors.
According to the complaint, he and his son are also accused of disabling cameras at the facility and at one point denying another manager access to the property.
Ultimately, the defendants are charged with leaving the leased facility and transferring the property to the landlord, but only after removing and embezzling Genetixs’ marijuana.
Jones, a seven-time Pro Bowl roster, was acquired by the Titans in a trade with Atlanta earlier this year. The 32-year-old has made more than $125 million in his NFL career and is credited with $15 million this season.
White, 39, is a four-time Pro Bowl roster who retired after the 2015 season. He made more than $65 million in his 11-year NFL career, all of which he played with the Falcons.
The two played with the Falcons from 2011 to 2015 and remain friends.
Jones, left, is congratulated by his Falcons teammate, White, after a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
According to the filing, the defendants have 22 illegal crops yielding 1,540 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $2,000 per pound
Van Beek and his son are also charged with turning off cameras at the facility and at one point preventing another manager from entering the property, the complaint said.