Dan Diaz vs. TapouT

by Josh Dulaney | source: ocweekly.com

OC Weekly is a weekly printed magazines covering a myriad of topics centered around Orange County, California. This week's feature article is an expose on Dan 'Hitman' Diaz and his history with the Tapout brand. Diaz goes in depth on his history with the company as it grew as well as details information about alleged misdoings of the company and it's management.

In his fight against the powerhouse company, Diaz, once a rising star in the action-sports clothing industry, has been bloodied and beaten to the mat. Now unemployed and living in a one-bedroom apartment with his girlfriend, he claims $1,900 per month in unemployment; his last lawyer bill was $16,000. He doesn't wonder why human-resources departments won't call him in for an interview. "It doesn't look good on a résumé," he admits.

He claims TapouT screwed him over by monkey-fucking a contract and putting his own company in a chokehold. On March 28, 2011, Diaz filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court alleging that what began as an agreement to design clothing for TapouT and its distributors ended up with him getting taken to the cleaners. He wants more than $2 million in compensatory damages, in addition to punitive damages, attorney's fees and court costs.

"There were things going on that I wasn't told about," Diaz claims. "Millions of dollars in orders being processed through the company. I was developing, designing gear for TapouT. Over a million dollars in orders I was never told about or paid on."

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Jacks Wasted Life site profile image  

10/6/12 12:40 PM by Jacks Wasted Life

Good luck Dan - sounds like some serious BS! I hope you get every penny you deserve.

HITMAN DAN DIAZ site profile image  

10/6/12 12:40 PM by HITMAN DAN DIAZ


Altofsky site profile image  

10/6/12 12:27 PM by Altofsky

Excuses are like assholes. Plenty of part time work available in other fields that offer flexible schedules, dude. Plenty of night shift work available. What depositions or hearings do you know of that take place at night? You seem like a proud Mexican to me. You can either be a stereotypical lazy Mexican that sits on their asses and collects handouts, or you can do like your forefathers and bust your ass to make a living... even if it's doing something you don't necessarily want to do on a schedule you don't necessarily like. Which option seems more honorable to you? Sucking it up and taking a job that may not adhere to your personal preferences? or Leeching off society and further propegating the Mexican-American stereotype?

HITMAN DAN DIAZ site profile image  

10/6/12 12:11 PM by HITMAN DAN DIAZ


Altofsky site profile image  

10/6/12 12:02 PM by Altofsky

1900 a month in unemployment?!   Get off the dole, you fucking parasite.   It sucks that your business relationship got fucked over by greedy people, but that's no reason to sit around on your ass collecting handouts.   Get the fuck to work. There are other things you can do to be part of the workforce besides making tshirts.   GET A JOB, SIR.

HITMAN DAN DIAZ site profile image  

10/3/12 8:23 PM by HITMAN DAN DIAZ

thanks man call me this week i want to catch up with ugctt

UGCTT_BlahBreh site profile image  

10/3/12 1:00 AM by UGCTT_BlahBreh

Get yours dan!!!!!

HITMAN DAN DIAZ site profile image  

10/2/12 6:42 PM by HITMAN DAN DIAZ

whats sad is the stuff that has come out that is already awful.    the longer i go the more i am finding out about. the last 2 weeks have been crazy because i found out even more bad stuff they where up to.     

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

10/2/12 2:03 AM by Brian J DSouza

This is all good info, Dan. Too many victims to list from the fighters stiffed on royalties, Mask's kids, you, TapOut's employees, and the MMA apparel industry.I am glad that these types of stories are getting out and the issues aren't being obscured or distorted.