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Antonio Brown Sued by Chef from 2018 Pro Bowl Party

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Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing yet another lawsuit stemming from an unpaid bill he racked up while a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As first reported by ESPN, chef Stefano Tedeschi filed a suit against Brown in Osceola County, Florida, which is southeast of Orlando, claiming nearly $40,000 in damages.

Tedeschi’s suit alleges that Brown wrongfully terminated an agreement to have the former cook at an house rented to host a party around the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Brown was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl along with nine other Steelers, the most of any team in the NFL. Teammates Le’Veon Bell, Chris Boswell, David DeCastro, Cameron Heyward, Roosevelt Nix, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Shazier and Alejandro Villanueva were also on the team. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was the head coach of the AFC squad.

Brown was also sued earlier this month in California for over $7,000 in unpaid bills to a personal trainer. He settled another Florida lawsuit filed after he threw furniture from the 14th story of an apartment building in April 2018 that nearly struck a child.

In February, Brown was investigated for domestic assault after allegedly shoving the mother of his son in an altercation at his home. Last November, he was cited for driving over 100 mph over on McKnight Road north of Pittsburgh.

Brown left the Steelers without permission in December and did not play in its Week 17 game against the Bengals. The wide receiver was traded to the Oakland Raiders in April and signed a three-year $50 million contract extension.

Since arriving in Oakland via hot-air balloon, Brown has practiced very little thanks to an ongoing dispute with the NFL over his preferred helmet brand and a case of frostbite to his feet suffered by improperly using a cryotherapy chamber.

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Steelers Connections Abound in Chiefs-Buccaneers Super Bowl

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While the Pittsburgh Steelers saw their Super Bowl LV hopes dashed two weeks ago, fans will recognize plenty of familiar faces when the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet on Feb. 7.

Six players with Steelers ties are expected to take the field in either red or pewter on Super Bowl Sunday, with the two most notable examples being Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown and Kansas City running back Le’Veon Bell.

Both missed their respective championship games due to injury, but could return to health in time for the Super Bowl with two weeks to recover.

In addition, the Chiefs also boast guard Stefen Wisniewski and punter Dustin Colquitt, who both spent time in Pittsburgh earlier this season.

Wisniewski is in line to make his second-straight Super Bowl start in response to injuries along the Chiefs’ offensive line suffered Sunday, while Colquitt is on Kansas City’s practice squad.

Former Steelers defensive back Ross Cockrell and nose tackle Steve McLendon will take the field for the Buccaneers defensively.

But Tampa Bay’s Pittsburgh connections do not stop on the field, as the Buccaneers will also have six coaches with Steeler ties on the sideline for the big game, including head coach Bruce Arians.

Arians, who is in his second season in Tampa, spent eight years in Pittsburgh, serving as wide receivers coach (2004-06) before being elevated to offensive coordinator (2007-11).

Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich played under Arians in Pittsburgh, and had three separate stints with the Steelers as a backup quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger.

Tampa Bay also boasts assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin, outside linebackers coach Larry Foote, offensive assistant Antwaan Randle El and assistant coach Tom Moore.

Even with the Steelers at home watching along with the rest of the country, Pittsburgh should have no shortage of rooting interests when the Chiefs meet the Buccaneers in Tampa in two weeks time.

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Report: Steelers OL Coach Candidate Hank Fraley Retained in Detroit

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Hank Fraley will reportedly be retained as the Detroit Lions’ offensive line coach, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett.

Pittsburgh reportedly interviewed Fraley last Thursday for their offensive line coach vacancy, but he has opted to remain with Detroit under new head coach Dan Campbell.

Fraley was a standout at Robert Morris before signing with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He was waived prior to the season, but played ten seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams. Fraley has spent the last two seasons as Detroit’s offensive line coach.

Pittsburgh’s search for their next offensive coordinator and line coach continues. The Steelers chose not to retain Randy Fichtner and Shaun Sarrett earlier this month.

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Report: Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey Has Told Teammates He’ll Retire

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Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has told teammates that he will retire, according to a report by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Former Steelers guard Ramon Foster, now of DK Pittsburgh Sports, reported on Jan. 12 that Pouncey was “50-50” on whether he would return for the 2021 season.

The 31-year-old Pouncey just finished his 11th season in the NFL, all of which have been with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has one year remaining on his contract, which would pay him $14.475 million if he returns. Just $6.475 million of that is guaranteed. The Steelers would save $8 million in cap space if he retires.

Pouncey made the Pro Bowl for the ninth time in 2020 and has also been a five-time Associated Press All-Pro. He was also a member of the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team, largely giving him Hall of Fame credentials.\

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