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.