Former Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is suing two men who allegedly conned him into investing $200,000 in a fraudulent weed business.
This, per TMZ who obstained the legal documents that show Houshmandzadeh is claiming Damien Marzett and John Wiegman convinced him to invest $200,000 into construction of a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. The two men told Housh that their “weed club” would make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month. The contract Housh signed also stated the duo would pay him back interest of $180,000 by December 2017, per TMZ.
Houshmandzadeh is now saying he paid the duo the money for the weed club but has not been paid back. Per TMZ, the duo did not have a license to actually operate a weed club in California. Houshmandzadeh is now requesting the $380,000 he’s owed in addition to damages.
Houshmandzadeh, now 40-years-old, was a seventh round pick by the Bengals out of Oregon State. He racked up 627 catches for 7,237 yards and 44 touchdowns during his NFL career, which lasted 11 years with eight of those coming in Cincinnati. Housh retired in 2011 and has since spent time both as a Bengals coaching intern and working with players like 2017 first round pick John Ross. Ross has reportedly been really enjoying his time learning from the Bengals great.
“He tells me how I should be thinking. I know that’s hard for someone to tell you that,” Ross said. “But he’s been in this locker room. He played a long time,” Ross said.