Chef Says Antonio Brown $38K Lawsuit Stemmed from Salmon Head Left in Freezer

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2019

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) during an an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. The Raiders won 33-26. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown is being sued by a chef for allegedly not paying up on a $38,000 bill back in January 2018.

Celebrity chef Stefano Tedeschi told TMZ Sports that Brown has left him hanging due to a misunderstanding involving a salmon head.

According to Tedeschi, he was hired to cook for Brown for three days during the 2018 Pro Bowl week. There were no issues during the first day, but when Tedeschi put a fish head in the freezer and left it there so he could use it as part of the next day's meal, Brown and his camp perceived it to be a threat.

"Apparently they misunderstood the fish head," Tedeschi told TMZ Sports. "I said, 'Who could have possibly misunderstood a fish head in the freezer? Tell me, what person with intelligence could have misplaced a fish head for some mob, horse head?'

Tedeschi was subsequently kicked out of Brown's house—and he was never compensated for his services.

He is suing for $38,521.20.

"We expect to be filing a motion to dismiss the complaint and will let the filing speak for itself," Brown's attorney, Darren Heitner, told TMZ Sports in a statement earlier this month.

This is just the latest drama the NFL star has faced. According to TMZ Sports, personal trainer Sean Pena is suing Brown for $7,194.81 stemming from "unpaid therapy and training services; agreed-upon reimbursement for hotels, airfare, rental car, and [miscellaneous fees], in addition to late penalties disclosed on accepted invoice."

TMZ Sports reported in April that Brown settled a lawsuit regarding an April 2018 incident in which he allegedly threw furniture out of a balcony at his apartment complex, nearly hitting a 22-month-old boy.

Brown was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers during both the balcony incident and his mishap with Tedeschi. He forced his way out of Pittsburgh earlier this year, being traded to Oakland while receiving a three-year, $50 million deal.

The seven-time Pro Bowler has missed most of training camp and both of the team's first two preseason games as he recovers from extreme frostbite after he failed to wear the proper footwear during a cryotherapy session. 

He is currently involved in a dispute with the NFL regarding the use of a Schutt Air Advantage helmet. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brown recently filed a new grievance with the league after having his first appeal denied last week due to the helmet failing safety testing.