Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones is being sued by a cannabis company in connection with alleged fraud and money laundering, according to court documents The Tennessean received late Tuesday night.
Genetixs, a California-based cannabis company, filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 21, which named Jones, his former Atlanta Falcons teammate, Roddy White, and White’s firm, SLW Holdings, among the defendants. SLW Holdings is one of the five members of Genetixs.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants illegally administered and operated the Genetixs facility and have not reported any cannabis sales since March 2021. Genetixs estimates that about $ 3 million a month in cannabis has been harvested and illegally sold since then.
Jones and White, who were teammates with the Falcons from 2011 to 2015, are accused of working with a man named John Van Beek and his son Shaun Van Beek to run a black market cannabis operation through the Genetixs facility. Jones and White had invested in Genetixs, according to the documents through White’s SLW Holdings.
John Van Beek was hired by Genetixs in March 2020 as the on-site manager and operator of its rented facility in Desert Hot Springs, California. He is accused of breach of contract, failure to report cannabis sales and failure to provide the company with budgets, bills, expenses and other paperwork, according to the lawsuit.
A government inspection of the facility found numerous violations and John Van Beek was fired in March 2021.
The Van Beeks allegedly disabled cameras in the facility while it was in operation and at some point prevented a new manager from entering, the complaint said.
Without the consent of Genetixs, the defendants are accused of having given up the facility and handed over the premises to the landlord. They “stole, removed and abused Genetixs cannabis” from 22 crops and allegedly damaged machinery, equipment and other valuables, property valued at millions of dollars, the documents said.
Among others, Jones, White, the Van Beeks and other defendants are sued:
- Conspiracy to cheat
- Violation of the duty of loyalty
- Aid to breach of duty of loyalty and fraud
- Violation of the member’s duty of good faith
- Unjustified enrichment
- Exemption from assessment
- Civil conspiracy to commit fraud
- Injunctive relief
Genetixs calls for general, criminal and exemplary claims for damages and injunctive relief.
The Titans were not immediately available for comment late Tuesday night.
The Titans acquired Jones in a deal with the Falcons last month, a move that gives Tennessee a dynamic offensive on paper for 2021. 32-year-old Jones, a two-time all-pro selection of the first team and seven-time professional bowler, established himself with the Falcons (2011-20) as one of the best wide receivers of his generation in a decade.
Jones was number 6 overall in Atlanta in 2011.