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Antonio Brown reportedly has history of using ‘cracker’ term

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Antonio Brown was released by the Oakland Raiders not long after he got into a heated confrontation with Mike Mayock in which he supposedly called the GM a “cracker,” and it turns out that may be a term the star receiver enjoys throwing around.

One of the roughly two dozen people who spoke with Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated for his lengthy feature on Brown was renowned chef Stefano Tedeschi, who is suing Brown after he says the seven-time Pro Bowler abruptly fired him last year. Brown had hired Tedeschi to cook for him and several other NFL players and guests at the Pro Bowl in 2018, but Brown kicked the chef out of the Orlando-area rental home after Brown supposedly misinterpreted a frozen fish head in the freezer as a mob-style threat.

While Tedeschi was still working at the house, he says he overheard Brown on more than one occasion referring to service people as “crackers.” Tedeschi claims he heard Brown say, “Get those m—–f—ing crackers out of here” and had to ask his wife to Google the term to see if it was a racial slur. Tedeschi’s wife then informed the chef that she also heard Brown referring to women at the party as “f—ing b—-es” and saw several people smoking marijuana in front of Brown’s children, who were also in attendance.

Tedeschi said he realized the next day that he probably was not going to get paid, when one of Brown’s assistants told him, “When you speak to Mr. Brown you don’t look him in the eye!”

Brown denied calling Mayock a “cracker” when he got into it with the GM during practice, but Tedeschi’s story makes that harder to believe. There were also plenty of other childish antics described in the SI piece, so Brown isn’t exactly boosting his own credibility.


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