Shark Tank” star and celebrity investor Daymond John has been granted a temporary restraining order against three former contestants with whom he did business through the show after they repeatedly harassed them on social media about their alleged “nightmare” experience, court papers say.
Under an order granted Friday in New Jersey federal court, ex-NFL defensive end Al “Bubba” Baker, his wife Sabrina and daughter Brittany are now prohibited from speaking publicly about their experience with John in the wake of their 2014 appearance on the ABC reality TV show.
The Bakers — who created Bubba’s Q Boneless Baby Back Ribs — also must remove “abusive” social media posts they made where they detailed their business relationship with the celebrity investor and accused him of trying to take control of their entity, Ruling States.
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The judge’s decision also bars the Bakers from making any disparaging statements and to take down any social media posts that do so about Rastelli Foods Group, a meat manufacturer retained to produce the Bakers’ patented Bubba’s Q Boneless Baby Back Ribs and a partner along with the Bakers and John in the ribs venture.
Shark Tank celebrity investor Daymond John has filed for a temporary restraining order against a group of former contestants he entered into business with when they pitched their meat company on the show nearly a decade ago.
John, 54, requested the restraining order against the owners of Bubba Q’s Boneless Baby Back Ribs, who appeared on Season 5 of Shark Tank in 2013. The legal filing came after Al (Bubba) Baker, his wife Sabrina and their daughter Brittani told the Los Angeles Times that John attempted to take over their business and cut the family out of potential profits.
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“Shark Tank” star Daymond John filed a restraining order against former contestants who accused him of cheating them out of their profits.
In 2013, John made a contract with small business owners Al “Bubba” Baker, his wife, Sabrina Baker, and their daughter, Brittani Bo Baker, after they appeared on Shark Tank to present their Bubba’s Q Boneless Baby Back Ribs.
The family accused John of cheating them out of their earnings, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“This temporary restraining order is due to the Baker’s blatant actions to undermine a business partnership and the legal parameters they agreed to 4 years ago. Their belief that they can unwind poor business decisions through slanderous social media posts and articles will no longer be tolerated.”
The Bakers first appeared on the show in 2013 as they pitched their pre-cooked boneless baby back ribs. They have since claimed that John’s $300,000 offer for 30 percent of the company was revised off air to $100,000 for 35 percent.