New lawsuit accuses Julio Jones, Roddy White of black-market cannabis sales

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Titans receiver Julio Jones and former NFL receiver Roddy White have been sued. That’s not uncommon; people get sued all the time. This specific lawsuit, however, includes some unusual allegations.

In a nutshell, a lawsuit filed by Genetixs LLC accuses Jones and White of involvement in efforts to divert cannabis products from an otherwise legal cultivation and distribution operation in order to make black-market sales. The lawsuit alleges that Jones, White, and multiple other defendants have sold since March 2021 a whopping $3 million per month of cannabis products on the black market, and that they laundered money arising from those sales.

News of the lawsuit first appeared on LarryBrownSports.com. The Tennessean has since posted the civil complaint, filed July 21 in a California court.

“The vague allegations against SLW Holdings LLC and its members Roddy White and Julio Jones are meritless,” attorney Rafe Emanuel said in a statement issued to 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.”

Meritless or not, the 26-page civil complaint looks and reads like a normal lawsuit, and normal lawsuits normally run through the normal process. That process involves, in many cases, an initial effort to get the case dismissed and then, if the case survives (most of the time it does), an effort commences to gather the evidence that proves (or disproves) the allegations. This means that, eventually, Jones and/or White likely will be placed under oath and asked a bunch of direct and aggressive questions about their knowledge and activities. Before that happens, emails and text messages and other relevant documents will be collected and reviewed.

At this point, there’s nothing about the lawsuit that screams “frivolous” or “goofy” or “conspiracy theory.” The lawsuit makes allegations, and a lawyer believes that the allegations are true or sufficiently close to true to justify attaching his name to it.

Most defendants who get sued call the claims “meritless” at this stage of the proceedings. Time will tell whether this case has any real merit. If it does, Jones could have a real problem.

And the Titans — who traded for Jones in June and who may be expected to give Jones a new contract after the 2021 season — surely will be paying attention. For now, per the Tennessean, the Titans had no comment.

59 responses to “New lawsuit accuses Julio Jones, Roddy White of black-market cannabis sales

  1. I don’t get all the highly paid athletes we’ve heard about in situations such as this one, or other recent fraud cases, etc. When you ALREADY have money, it’s easy to make more of it LEGALLY– why even have your name associated with anything that’s not on the up and up. If Jones is in fact involved with black market drug sales, he’s a real dope.

  2. Wait till the IRS investigates potential money laundering, the lawsuits will be a picnic in comparison.

  3. The Complaint has basically no allegations specific to Jones and White other than that they are owners of SLW. THAT should not be enough to get past a motion to dismiss. If their role was merely owning the company and the wrongful conduct was performed by the company and its employees, they are getting out of this pretty quickly.

    Never know what judges (particularly state court judges) will do, but this complaint seems really thin as to those two.

  4. Isn’t that called a “drug dealer”?

  5. Per month? Holy heck, that’s a lot of smoke. If true, there’s a lot of unpaid taxes there. lol …Smoke ’em, if you got ’em.

  6. If this is true, this will go from civil to criminal. But no way they could be that dumb…could they?

  7. “divert cannabis products from an otherwise legal cultivation and distribution operation in order to make black-market sales.”

    Is that a lawyers speak for you’re a thief and a drug dealer?

  8. Julio invested in a business his agent didn’t get involved in. No percentage to the agent. Now that’s using your head, Julio. A little bad press is good publicity. Your after football business has a thriving start. And as soon as pot is legal, your cognizance of the industry will be a real plus. SLW will be the GM of the pot business. Maybe you can sign up your QB as a distributor.

  9. They finally make pot legal, and then you still aren’t happy and still find a way to get in trouble for it. Human beings can never be satisfied anymore. Always more more more and never enough appreciation for what they have.

  10. Why is DEA, FBI and state attorney generals offices not yet publicly involved? And as some said, the IRS are going to have a field day on this one. And since most of this activity involves hazardous substances, the penalties alone could bankrupt the NFL, not just tweedle dee and tweedle dumb.

  11. At this point, it’s just an unproven allegation. I’ll wait to hear more about this. Julio’s name is not even mentioned in the complaint.

  12. Lol. Hope it’s not true. But if it is… Then what the He** is wrong with people like Julio?
    The millions you make in the NFL are not enough?
    Yiu have to risk it all by illegally selling weed and then committing financial fraud on top of it by money laundering?

    Again, I hope it’s untrue. But if it is true I just can’t can’t understand how some people can be so reckless with their lives and the good fortune they have had.

  13. More like the green market. This is almost as weird as the illicit avocado ring story. In any case, I can’t knock the hustle

  14. I still can’t get over that number. $3 million dollars a month… Working backwards from a $40 eighth (of an ounce), and paying full price per pound, that’s about 585 pounds of herb a month. And you KNOW they were not paying full price per pound, so it’s likely to be considerably more than 600 pounds of grass per month. For reference, 600 pounds is about 76,800 eighths. If a month had 30 days, that’d be an average of 2,560 eighths per day they were slingin’. Either they had an army of dealers, or they were selling to dispensaries. Or Julio Jones and his friends are just THAT much fun at parties.

  15. Why are people shocked that relatively wealthy individuals would be willing to engage in bad acts or break the law for money? It’s rampant behavior. If money and power is important to you then the opportunity to acquire even more is compelling. Getting away with it reinforces a sense of invincibility, especially for individuals that are competitive by nature or training.

  16. But no way they could be that dumb…could they?
    —-
    Considering 85% of these guys would be on the streets if they hadn’t been fast-tracked through school because of their athletic abilities, I would say yes.

  17. The nonsense that so many of these multi millionaire athletes get involved in never ceases to amaze. And they all think that they can talk or charm their way out it. The level of stupidity is astounding.

  18. Well, at least he wasn’t playing with a football that was a few PSI under weight. Then he’d be in REAL trouble with the NFL.

  19. These two…rather than help invest & forward the cannabis industry, they give those opposed, ammunition to the downside of the legalization of it. Two millionaires having to sell pot on the corner. That’s a SEC Alabama education for ya right there Julio!

  20. time to dock the pats of their first round pick in next years draft because of this crap huh …. somebody else does it gits off scott free yet who pays the price ??? poor ole BB ….. :S

  21. There is a rumor that two hundred eighty three (283) shipments were diverted to the black market.

  22. cmdavis2177 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:27 pm
    Well, at least he wasn’t playing with a football that was a few PSI under weight. Then he’d be in REAL trouble with the NFL.

    7 6 Rate This

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    Misinformation is everywhere and yes, NE has been framed 3 times underr Goodell while other teams run around doing whatever they want, as he also protects AFC teams who have domestic abusers on them.

    Watch the Frank Clark case closely, this one, and Watson. All play in the AFC.

    His whole goal has been to stregthen AFC competition and weaken NE any way possible including cheating with refs during the games themselves.

  23. To the guy who said this “There should be no such thing as black market cannabis”

    Lol. You must not live in a state where it is legal. There IS a black market because the government taxes are outrageous on the “legitimate” stuff. The taxes are truly suffocating.

  24. Great, now I have to find a new source until they legalize it in Wisconsin.

  25. Imagine if the owners of TheJack Daniels company were taking some cases of whiskey out the back door after hours and selling it off the books. This is the same kind of thing.

  26. ogre4nerds says:
    July 29, 2021 at 12:45 pm
    I still can’t get over that number. $3 million dollars a month… Working backwards from a $40 eighth (of an ounce), and paying full price per pound, that’s about 585 pounds of herb a month. And you KNOW they were not paying full price per pound, so it’s likely to be considerably more than 600 pounds of grass per month. For reference, 600 pounds is about 76,800 eighths. If a month had 30 days, that’d be an average of 2,560 eighths per day they were slingin’. Either they had an army of dealers, or they were selling to dispensaries. Or Julio Jones and his friends are just THAT much fun at parties.

    ———
    Your point is not lost on me, but high end concentrates can sell for close to $100 per gram in a dispensary…

  27. Well, people want their cannabis. And many states want their greedy big mitts all over it and go nuts regulating it. I think California has a 3-1 ratio of black market to legit market sales of cannabis. If you know your stuff, it’s easy to make money in the black market.

  28. Im not really in the camp that most of the players would be out on the streets if they couldnt play football, but Roddy White would certainly be homeless or in jail. He is one of the stupidest people on earth.

  29. @gl0ckworkorange,

    Yes, I agree that the taxes are suffocating but what did you expect? The government is going to make their money if they “legalize” anything.

    Pay more and have a quasi-legal experience or have a state where the black market is the only game in town and legal penalties still apply should you happen to pulled over on the way home.

    You cannot have your cake and eat it too.

    Personally, I would love to be able to drive down the street to a legal store and buy whatever I need. Paying an extra buck or two a gram-who cares.

    No difference really in comparing it with moonshine. You can go to the liquor store and buy a fifth of Crown for $25 or you can go see Cletus and buy a fifth of shine for $12. If you are not a big fan of Crown, there are literally hundreds of other choices. Cletus only has white or brown shine and maybe a fruity mix available.

  30. Roddy White was gonna get a job……then he got high!

    Both are garbage, NFL players and both have made enormous amounts of money playing a kids game and they decide it would be good idea to sell refer.

  31. “If you dont want black market cannabis, then quit taxing it so heavily”

    The taxes aren’t the cause for the Black Market. The weed is being sold in states where it is still illegal. It is the illegality that supports the Black Market, much like Prohibition supported crime and a Black Market for alcohol in the early 1900s.

  32. @snowdood163, Indeed. There are myriad more expensive items at dispensaries. I was simply using the “standard” of an eighth as an example. If it’s all flower, it’s a LOT of flower. Even if it’s all concentrates, $3 million per month is a lot of product to be moving without anyone noticing.

  33. Yep. If you can get an attorney to sign on, then the lawsuit has merit.

    Regards,

    Donald in Florida

  34. I Like Turtles says:
    July 29, 2021 at 11:20 am
    “divert cannabis products from an otherwise legal cultivation and distribution operation in order to make black-market sales.”

    Is that a lawyers speak for you’re a thief and a drug dealer?


    You’ll also notice they use the term “cannabis” rather than “marijuana” within the article…why is that?

  35. “Paying an extra buck or two a gram-who cares.”

    Wait until 5 years after “legalizing it” and see what you’re paying then.

  36. @trevor123698,

    Yes, I see where you are coming from, but still……

    I mean, everybody and their mother knew that the state governments were gonna tax the stuff and now people are complaining because it cost more?

    I just don’t get it. When people voted for legalization, you had to know taxes were coming right? You trade a little bit of cash for the freedom to walk into a store in broad daylight, walk out in front of a cop, and there is nothing they can do. I live in Texas for Gods sake-home of some of the most restrictive mj laws in the country. I would gladly pay an extra buck or two for convenience and lack of potential legal penalty

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