Antonio Brown’s tumultuous summer took another turn this week.
The star Oakland Raiders receiver is being sued by celebrity chef Stefano Tedeschi for a breach of contract. Tedeschi alleges that Brown’s balance of $38,521.20 remains unpaid for a weekend’s worth of work during the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando.
Tedeschi, who goes by the name “The Sports Chef,” filed the lawsuit on July 30 in Osceola County.
Tedeschi told ESPN on Wednesday that Brown hired him to prepare food for multiple days in an Orlando-area mansion for the receiver and nearly 50 Pro Bowl teammates plus other guests.
The lawsuit alleges that Tedeschi cooked breakfast and lunch for Brown and guests on Jan. 26 and prepared both breakfast and lunch the following day, but Brown demanded Tedeschi and his staff leave the house before serving lunch and did not allow him to retrieve his equipment.
Tedeschi, who says he has cooked for other NFL stars such as Larry Fitzgerald and Drew Brees, added that he never received an official reason for the lack of payment and was forced to pay his staff out of pocket. He alleges that he could have “mitigated his damages by cooking at another event during the busy Pro Bowl Weekend but was prevented from doing so.”
Tedeschi also said that Brown later offered to pay him in social media advertising, but “The Sports Chef” did not accept.
Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, said they will file a motion to dismiss the complaint.
The lawsuit is just the latest distraction surrounding Brown this summer. The 31-year-old, who was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Raiders in March and signed a three-year, $50 million deal, has been the center of attention at Oakland’s training camp without even stepping on the field.
Brown was sidelined with a foot injury after he sustained frostbite from a cryogenic chamber. He also refused to practice and threatened retirement if he would not be allowed to wear his Schutt Air Advantage helmet — which has been outlawed by the NFL for safety reasons. He filed a grievance with the NFLPA, which he lost, and his since returned to practice.
It also is not the first time Brown has faced legal trouble in Florida, too.
The wide receiver allegedly yelled at security and threw items off an apartment balcony in April 2018 and was sued for damages, “in excess of $15,000,” per ESPN. In April, Brown settled a lawsuit the alleged “intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault” from the guardian of a two-year-old boy who was nearly hit by items flung from the 14th floor of The Mansions at Acqualina.
Brown was also involved in a domestic dispute in January after he allegedly pushed the mother of his daughter to the ground, but no arrests were made, nor charges filed.