Titans WR Julio Jones' attorney: Allegations of fraud, money laundering 'meritless'
The attorney representing Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones, former NFL player Roddy White and White’s company, SLW Holdings, in a lawsuit from Genetixs called allegations of fraud and money laundering made by the California-based cannabis company “meritless” in a statement provided to the Tennessean on Wednesday.
“The vague allegations against SLW Holdings LLC and it’s members Roddy White and Julio Jones are meritless,” attorney Rafe Emanuel said. “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.
“We look forward to again defending these conspiracy theories against my clients in court.”
Genetixs alleges Jones, White, SLW Holdings and others managed, operated and profited off of a black-market cannabis operation in Genetixs facility, located in Desert Hot Springs, California. The lawsuit was filed July 21 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Jones and White had invested in Genetixs through SLW Holdings.
Among the allegations against Jones, White and the other defendants is the failure to report cannabis sales since March 2021. Genetixs estimates about $3 million in cannabis has been harvested and sold illegally per month since then, according to court documents obtained by The Tennessean on Tuesday.
Jones, 32, and White, 39, were teammates with the Falcons from 2011-15. White retired after the 2015 season. Jones was traded to the Titans this offseason after a decade in Atlanta (2011-20).
The Titans have not commented on the allegations against Jones.
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