A handful of defendants, including two former NFL players and their company SLW Holdings, are being sued by Genetixs, a California cannabis company. The charges include money laundering, fraud, and illegal harvesting and sale of more than $3 million per month of cannabis on the unregulated market.
Rafe Emanuel, an attorney representing Tennessee Titan wide receiver Julio Jones; former Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Roddy White; and SLW Holdings, described the allegations as “conspiracy theories.”
“The vague allegations against SLW Holdings LLC and its members Roddy White and Julio Jones are meritless,” Emanuel told The Tennessean. “In May, SLW obtained a temporary restraining order in a related civil case to prevent unlawful conduct involving Genetixs LLC. In reply, the defendants argued conspiracy theories that were not proven by evidence in court, nor were they substantiated before any agency.”
In Genetixs’s lawsuit, Jones and White are accused of colluding with ex-Genetixs manager John Van Beek and his son, Shaun Van Beek, to run a black-market cannabis operation through the Genetixs facility. John Van Beek was fired in March 2021 after a state inspection of the Genetixs facility reported several violations.
Van Beek is accused of, “breach of contract, the failure to report cannabis sales and not providing budgets, invoices, expenditures and other paperwork to the company.” Van Beek is also alleged to have turned off cameras in the facility and prevented a new manager from entering Genetixs’ facility in Desert Hot Springs, California.
The 26-page lawsuit asserts, “The scope of said defendants’ theft, black-market sales, money laundering, and diversion of assets and expenses without documentation or approval, is staggering and has caused, and is causing, Genetixs substantial and irreparable harm and damage.”
Additionally, Genetixs alleges the group abandoned the facility to the landlord. The California Department of Cannabis Control is asking Genetixs to forfeit their license on the grounds they are not operating at their designated (now abandoned) location. Genetixs says the threat of losing that license is solely because of the actions of Jones, White, and other defendants.