Report: TJ Houshmandzadeh sues associates, alleging misuse of marijuana dispensary funds


The Record reporter James Nash discusses his experience at marijuana dispensaries in California, where legal weed sales began in 2018. James Nash and Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press

Cincinnati Bengals Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program coach T.J. Houshmandzadeh, left, talks with wide receiver A.J. Green during organized team activities, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, on the practice fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium. The Enquirer/Kareem Elgazzar(Photo: The Enquirer/Kareem Elgazzar)

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a former Cincinnati Bengals star receiver currently working with the team as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, is suing two men he says convinced him to invest $200,000 to start a new marijuana dispensary “under false pretenses,” according to a report from TMZ Sports.

From the report:

In the docs obtained by TMZ Sports, T.J. claims Damien Marzett and John Wiegman approached him in 2015, trying to get him to fund a new weed club in L.A. … which they said would make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.

He also claims they signed a contract to pay him back interest of $180K by Dec. 2017 if he floated them the dough.

Well, he says he paid … but never saw any of that money by the due date — and eventually learned they didn’t even have a license to operate a weed club in the state.

He wants a judge to make them fork over the $380k he says he’s owed … plus damages.

Houshmandzadeh, a seventh-round pick of the Bengals in 2001, totaled 507 catches for 5,782 yards and 37 receiving touchdowns in eight seasons with the team.

The Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty wrote earlier this week about

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