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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Football

Chef explains how fish head mishap led to lawsuit against Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has been named in numerous lawsuits over the past year, and the most recent was filed by a chef who claims the Raiders wide receiver owes him nearly $40,000. The story behind the falling out between Brown and the chef is one you may have trouble believing.

Brown rented a mansion in Orlando during the 2018 Pro Bowl, and he hired renowned chef Stefano Tedeschi to prepare food and provide other services for him and several other NFL players and guests. Not long after that, Tedeschi learned that Brown was backing out of their arrangement. The chef is seeking $38,521.20 after he claims Brown wrongfully terminated him and did not allow him to retrieve his equipment or food from the home.

So why the sudden breakup? Tedeschi told TMZ this week that one of his meals involved filleting a salmon, and he stored the head of the fish in the freezer with the intention of using it to make a fish stock the following day. He says Brown and some friends discovered the head when they came home late one night and interpreted it as a mob-style threat.

“So they saw that fish head at like 2 in the morning. They must have been whacked out of their minds or something and thought, ‘Oh my god, the chef’s pissed off. This is a bad sign. This could be bad, he’s Italian,'” Tedeschi explained.

Tedeschi says he has no criminal record and is “squeaky clean,” so he initially thought the reaction to the fish head was a joke. Apparently it was not.

“Who could have possibly misunderstood a fish head in the freezer?” the chef asked. “Tell me, what person with intelligence could mistake a fish head with some mob horse head.”

The lawsuit states that Tedeschi never received an official reason from Brown for why he terminated the agreement, but he was paid nothing. The chef said he has cooked for countless athletes and celebrities and never had an issue with anyone before Brown.

While there are two sides to every story, Brown being sued has become a common theme over the past year or so. He recently settled a lawsuit that stemmed from him allegedly throwing furniture off the balcony of an apartment complex in a fit of range and nearly killing a young child. He is also being sued by a personal trainer who claims Brown never paid him.

Report: Melvin Gordon, Chargers ‘millions apart’ in contract talks

Melvin Gordon has not yet reported to the Los Angeles Chargers with less than three weeks remaining until the start of the regular season, and it could be quite a while before that changes if he is waiting for the team to make him the highest-paid running back in football.

Gordon has been holding out for five weeks now and he and the Chargers are “millions apart” in their contract negotiations, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Gordon is seeking a deal that would pay him somewhere in the neighborhood of the $13 million per year Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson get, but the Chargers have not come close to that number. Fowler reports that there have been discussions about bridging the gap, yet the two sides are still not close to any agreement.

All indications are that the Chargers are prepared to call Gordon’s bluff. The running back said this week that he is “just waiting on the call,” but he could be waiting beyond Week 1 if he expects an offer that is going to make him one of the top two or three highest-paid backs in the NFL.

Gordon is set to earn $5.6 million in the final year of his rookie contract this season, and LA has the option of using the franchise tag on him next offseason. That would make the situation even messier, but it gives the team leverage. The 26-year-old wants to be traded if the Chargers aren’t going to extend him, but the team has shown no willingness to accommodate that request. It seems possible that he could continue his holdout through the start of the regular season.

Emmitt Smith bothered by Ezekiel Elliott holdout comparisons

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott has naturally drawn comparisons to Emmitt Smith since being drafted fourth overall in 2016. But the retired running back is tired of people saying his 1993 contract situation is similar to what Elliott is going through this summer.

After the Dallas Cowboys demolished the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII, Smith had a contract dispute with team heading into the 1993 season. Smith was unable to work out a new deal with team owner Jerry Jones until after Week 2, at which point Dallas was 0-2. Unlike Elliott, however, Smith had already played out his contract and therefore was not technically a holdout. During a recent interview with The Post Game, the Hall of Famer defiantly reminded people that “there is nothing similar” about his 1993 situation and Elliott’s current dispute with the Cowboys.

“If you do your research and do your studies, you’ll find out that Emmitt Smith was never a holdout,” Smith said. “Although the propaganda would say I was a holdout, the reality is my contract was fulfilled and I was negotiating. I wasn’t holding out. … When you don’t have a contract and you’re unemployed, all you can do is negotiate.”

While Smith has a point, the situations do have natural similarities in that they both involve star running backs and the Cowboys. Jones is also still the owner and GM of the team, and he seems to be handling Zeke’s negotiations like he did with Smith 26 years ago. In fact, he even made a reference to the Smith situation that probably didn’t sit well with Elliott.

Regardless, you can understand why Smith wants to point out the difference. Elliott is not fulfilling his contractual obligations, whereas Smith had no contract. That’s an important distinction.

Jimmy Garoppolo ‘a little frustrated’ about return from ACL injury

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo on Monday night made his return from a torn ACL suffered last season, and his first game back did not go well.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback went 1/6 for 0 yards and an interception as his team beat the Denver Broncos 24-15 in a preseason contest. Fans were all over him over the poor game. Garoppolo admitted he needed to knock off the rust.

“It’s something I haven’t done in a year, so I’ve got to knock the rust off and everything. … It’s the first step of getting back into it,” Garoppolo said.

Garoppolo also acknowledged some frustration from the way things went.

“Obviously a little frustrated, but it’s the NFL. It’s unfortunate we don’t get to play a whole game right now. You only get so many plays. You wish you could be out there more so you could bounce back. It is what it is now and you got to take it in stride.”

This seems to be a continuation of issues Garoppolo has had. He threw five straight interceptions during a practice last week. He looked bad against the Broncos. He might need a lot more action to get rid of the rust.

The 49ers paid Garoppolo huge money based on his 5-0 record as a starter at the end of 2017. They’re hoping to start seeing some of that investment pay off.

George Kittle got a Heath Ledger Joker tattoo day before his wedding

George Kittle

George Kittle got a notable new tattoo over the offseason. The timing of the tattoo is just as interesting as the actual ink job he got.

During Monday night’s preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, ESPN made mention of Kittle’s new Heath Ledger Joker tattoo and how the tight end got it done the day before his wedding.

Here’s a look at the tattoo. Kittle said that his wife Claire was not happy with him for getting it done before their wedding.

An ESPN story on Kittle explained why the tight end got it done with such strange timing.

Kittle had been wanting to get a tattoo of his alter ego — the Heath Ledger version of the Joker — and he wanted to do it at Neon Dragon Tattoo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his preferred purveyor of ink. With scheduling conflicts both ways, the day before the biggest day of his life was the only option.

Kittle had his arm bandaged so the new tattoo wouldn’t bleed through during his wedding.

Though she was initially upset about it, Claire now calls it “really cool.”

Kittle emerged as one of the best tight ends in the NFL last year. He had 88 catches for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns.

Drew Lock suffers hand injury in preseason game

Drew Lock

Denver Broncos offensive rookies were having a tough time with injuries on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

First, rookie tight end Noah Fant left the game with a foot injury. Then it was second-round pick Drew Lock who left the game with an injury.

Lock suffered a right hand injury while going down trying to avoid pressure in the third quarter of the game.

Lock was 7/12 for 40 yards prior to exiting. The rookie has received some harsh criticism from head coach Vic Fangio but has nonetheless worked as the backup quarterback behind Joe Flacco.

Broncos TE Noah Fant limps off field with foot injury

Denver Broncos logo

Rookie tight end Noah Fant exited Monday night’s Denver Broncos preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers after suffering a foot injury while being tackled.

Three 49ers defenders converged on Fant for a tackle. The rookie’s right leg appeared to sustain most of the damage.

Fant limped off the field and received medical attention. He was termed questionable to return with a foot injury.

The Broncos selected Fant No. 20 overall in this year’s draft out of Iowa. He is competing with Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt for playing time.