Al “Bubba” Baker, one of the most prolific pass rushers in NFL history, is in a heated legal battle with a business partner that has ended up in court.
Baker, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end who set the unofficial NFL season sacks record, is at odds with Shark Tank star Daymond John. The celebrity investor is seeking a temporary restraining order against Baker and his wife and daughter to prevent them from commenting publicly about his investment in their family-owned business, “Bubba Q’s Boneless Baby Back Ribs.”
John made a $100,000 investment in the company for a 35% stake after a season five Shark Tank episode.
Baker went on social media and talked with the Los Angeles Times to complain about John’s role in the company, calling it a “nightmare.” The Bakers accused John and his associates of shutting Baker out of business decisions and trying to take control of the company. They told the Times they have the right to tell “the truth” about what has happened to them.
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This week, a New Jersey judge dismissed John’s request, citing jurisdictional issues. However, John has now filed an amended complaint saying the Bakers have carried out a “willful and malicious smear campaign” against him.
Baker played 13 NFL seasons, primarily with the Lions and St. Louis Cardinals. During his playing days, Baker set the unofficial single-season sack record of 23 sacks. He led the NFL in sacks twice and finished his career with 131, which ranks 21st on the career list.