Brown faces lawsuit over unpaid $38K chef’s bill

6:50 PM ETJeremy FowlerESPN Staff Writer CloseESPN staff writer Previously a college football reporter for CBSSports.com University of Florida graduateOakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing a civil lawsuit that alleges that he stiffed a chef’s bill of nearly $40,000 during Pro Bowl festivities in 2018.Stefano Tedeschi — who goes by the name “The…

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Brown faces lawsuit over unpaid $38K chef’s bill

Jeremy FowlerESPN Staff Writer

6:50 PM ET

  • Jeremy FowlerESPN Staff Writer

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    • Previously a college football reporter for CBSSports.com
    • University of Florida graduate

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing a civil lawsuit that alleges that he stiffed a chef’s bill of nearly $40,000 during Pro Bowl festivities in 2018.

Stefano Tedeschi — who goes by the name “The Sports Chef” — filed suit in Osceola (Florida) County on July 30, claiming that Brown’s balance of $38,521.20 remains unpaid.

Brown rented an Orlando-area mansion and hired the chef to prepare food for multiple days, a culinary show and other services for nearly 50 Pro Bowl teammates and many other party guests, Tedeschi told ESPN in an interview Wednesday.

Brown wrongfully terminated the agreement and did not allow Tedeschi to retrieve his equipment and food from the premises, the lawsuit states. A Brown associate told Tedeschi not to make eye contact with Brown on his way out, Tedeschi told ESPN.

Tedeschi added that he never got an official reason for the lack of payment. He paid staff members out of pocket for their work and forwent other work opportunities by committing to Brown.

“I’ve cooked for countless NFL superstars and celebrities,” said Tedeschi, who says he has prepared food for Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, among

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