The court has ruled in Daymond John’s favor.
According to People, the “Shark Tank” investor has officially been granted a permanent restraining order against former contestants whom he claims verbally attacked him via social media.
As previously reported by AfroTech, the owners of Bubba’s Q barbecue restaurant alleged that John’s business partner stole their money shortly after they received an investment through the hit business show in 2013.
Former NFL player Al “Bubba” Baker and his daughter, Brittani Bo Baker, appeared on “Shark Tank” and ultimately walked away with a $100,000 investment for a 35% stake from John despite his initial offer of $300,000 for a 30% stake.
In a post shared to TikTok, Brittani claimed that following the taping of their episode, the Bakers were advised by John to set up a website to capture their anticipated sales once their segment of the show premiered.
However, she said that the business partner that John connected them with to create the website’s business accounts, Nate Holzapfel, ultimately caused them to lose money by reportedly not paying vendors on time and not setting up the website to deduct sales taxes on Bubba’s Boneless Ribs sauces. This caused the company to have to refund $30,000 worth of sauces just a day after their “Shark Tank” episode aired, Brittani claimed.
Now, John says that due to the Bakers’ public claims and social media comments he lost out on job opportunities including a public speaking engagement and a show that had already been greenlit by a television network.
The Restraining Order
“Today’s decision against the Bakers, their company, and their false statements is a moment of vindication,” John said in an official statement, per People. “The actual facts, the record, and the federal judge’s opinion have confirmed that I did not — and could not have –committed any wrongdoing. I have always upheld transparency and honesty throughout my journey as an entrepreneur.”
Along with the restraining order, the Bakers also have been informed that they will have to wipe their social media clean of any “disparaging” comments on posts where they accused John of attempting to take over their business.
Additionally, they have been ordered to delete any similar posts surrounding Rastelli Foods Group, which is the manufacturer working with both the Bakers and John in their business partnership.