Raiders Star Antonio Brown Sued by Florida Chef Over Unpaid $38K Bill

Antonio Brown's agent said Tuesday that the Raiders star was considering legal action after a cryotherapy incident gave Brown frostbite.

Now, Brown is the target of a civil lawsuit himself. 

Stefano "The Sports Chef" Tedeschi sued Brown in Osceola County, Florida on July 30 for nearly $40,000 in unpaid bills. Tedeschi told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that Brown hired him to cater at an Orlando-area mansion that Brown rented in the lead-up to the Pro Bowl in 2018. 

"We expect to be filing a motion to dismiss the complaint and will let the filing speak for itself," Darren Heitner, Brown's attorney, told ESPN.

Tedeschi's suit alleges that, after Brown wrongfully terminated their agreement, Brown then would not allow him to get the food or his equipment. The chef told ESPN that Brown did not tell him why he was not paid, and that he didn't accept a subsequent offer from Brown to paid in social-media advertising. Tedeschi also told ESPN that one of Brown's associate told him "not to make eye contact with Brown on his way out."

The filing against Brown came just over four months after Brown settled another lawsuit in Florida. Brown allegedly threw items off the balcony of a South Florida apartment that nearly hit a two-year-old boy, and was sued by the boy's guardian for "intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault." The owner of the apartment building also sued Brown, and that suit remains ongoing. 

Wiltrice Jackson, the mother of Brown's daughter, alleged in January that Brown pushed her to the ground after she asked him to pay for their daughter's hair appointment, according to a police report filed in Hollywood, Florida. Heitner said the allegations were "baseless and false," and Brown was not arrested and didn't face charges. The NFL said in February that it would look into the incident

Brown returned to Raiders camp Tuesday after not practicing since July 30. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, denied that Brown left the team and considered retirement after an arbitrator ruled against his grievance to wear his preferred helmet. Brown has worn that helmet, the Schutt Air Advantage, for the entirety of his career, but it no longer is approved for use in the NFL. 

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