Did MAXPRO Fitness CEO snub Daymond John? 'Shark Tank' fans mock shark's 'bruised' ego

When Nezar tried thanking Daymond for his offer, the Shark simply turned his head away and declared that he didn't want to talk to him


                            Did MAXPRO Fitness CEO snub Daymond John? 'Shark Tank' fans mock shark's 'bruised' ego
MAXPRO Fitness founder Nezar Akeel and Daymond John on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)
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The Sharks on 'Shark Tank' can get very aggressive when they like a pitch and launch a bidding war. So, when MAXPRO Fitness founder Nezar Akeelstepped into the tank to pitch for his unique and portable fitness gear, all the Sharks were intrigued. MAXPRO's features and to top it off the impressive sales numbers grabbed every Shark's attention even though he was asking for $500,000 in exchange for just a 2.5% stake in his company.

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Daymond John was the first Shark to jump in and make an offer. The FUBU founder was happy to part with the $500,000 but in exchange, he wanted a 4% stake in the company alongside a royalty of $25 per unit sold until the investment amount was recouped. Although Daymond's offer was pretty good and not super sharky, Nezar didn't seem particularly excited about it. He kept Daymond waiting and began answering the questions of other Sharks instead of sharing his decision on Daymond's offer. This annoyed Daymond to no end, who kept asking Nezar whether he was willing to close the deal with him or not. But Nezar continued to dodge the question and began explaining about his profit margins and about Shaquille O'Neal being one of the investors. 

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Nezar Akeel, the founder and CEO of MAXPRO Fitness (Shark Tank/ ABC)

Mark got excited on hearing Shaq's name and asked what kind of a deal the basketball legend had. When Nezar explained that he had advisory shares, Mark declared that he too wanted the same deal. So, Mark made an offer for $500,000 for a 3% stake and up to 5% in advisory shares that vest over time. To Daymond's annoyance, Nezar seemed interested in Mark's offer and was about to ask him a follow-up question on the offer made by Mark when Daymond jumped back in and declared that he was taking back his offer. This left Nezar with just Mark's offer, so he closed the deal with Mark.

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While Nezar and Mark seemed ecstatic about the deal, Daymond looked very upset. When Nezar tried thanking Daymond for his offer, the Shark simply turned his head away and declared that he didn't want to talk to him. Fans were amused by Daymond's behavior and took to Twitter to mock him. A fan tweeted, "@TheSharkTankABC Stop being such a whiny baby, Daymond! I would never do business with someone who tried to force me to make a quick decision without hearing all the offers. It is not a sound business practice." Another fan wrote, "LOL! These sharks all have gigantic egos that get bruised easily, but man, Daymond takes the cake! #SharkTank." "Got distracted, I was paying almost as little attention to this first pitch as he was to Daymond. #SharkTank," joked a fan.

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Mark Cuban tests out MAXPRO Fitness gear alongside the brand's founder Nezar Akeel on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)

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Just like the Sharks fans too loved MAXPRO Fitness gear's pitch despite how things went down with Daymond. A fan commented, "I like #maxpro. Can I get this by Christmas? #SharkTank." "#MaxPro #SharkTank I need one of these not only for the arms but for my legs!," expressed a fan. Another fan added, "Max-Pro, seems like a great product, #SharkTank."


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