Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown keeps catching new predicaments.
On one hand, the pro football veteran is being sued for allegedly scamming and breaking contracts with a Florida music promoter for more than $500,000. And the hip-hop rookie is being accused of selling the same music promoter a fake Richard Mille watch for more than six figures.
The $500,000 Problem
Secure The Bag Entertainment (STB) signed Brown in July. But now the owner of Secure The Bag, Ryan Kane, is trying to do just that from Brown, whose net worth is speculated in some corners of the internet to be as high as $20 million.
Kane is suing Brown for fraud after Kane said Brown lied about business expenses.
Brown allegedly did the following, according to Kane: lied about the cost of a paid feature from Lil Wayne for one of Brown’s new songs, made STB pay for unauthorized and unnecessary expenses, and ditched a scheduled and paid appearance at a Chicago-based sneaker expo provided by STB.
Brown is accused of trying to scam STB out of $178,000 by submitting “fraudulent” expenses for reimbursement and making a series of lewd, racist, sexist, and threatening remarks directed at STB execs and others.
Brown has allegedly submitted fraudulent reimbursement requests after performing at the Rolling Loud music festival in Los Angeles, demanding STB to pay for his “grossly overstated or completely fabricated” $178,000 bill.
Brown racked up a five-hour recording studio session $87,000 bill and a bill for flying out his entourage in a private jet for $8,500.
Brown was given a $150,000 advance to sign with STB, and was slated to be shooting a video with Lil Wayne for his song “Cracked.” Kane reached out to Lil Wayne’s team, who told the promoter it was expecting around $150,000 for the feature, not the $250,000 in cash directly from Brown.
Kane alleges that Brown also lied about the cost of featuring the Young Money artist to pocket $100,000.
Passing a Fake Watch?
Kane also claims Brown sold him a fake Richard Mille watch. Brown, says Kane, claims the RM 011 model was real. It retails for about $40,000 and Brown sold it to Kane for $160,000. Weeks later, however, Kane figured out the watch was not authentic.
The fake watch came from a Dubai retailer and was reportedly worth less than $500, The New York Post reported.
“Now I know how the Raiders felt when they paid him [at least $1 million], and he never played a single game for them,” said Kane, who filed the complaint against Brown over the watch in Broward County, Florida, (where Kane is a resident) earlier this week.
Brown was scheduled to make an appearance at a sneaker convention in Chicago. When the expo’s promoter told Brown he paid STB directly, Brown apparently refused to attend, saying on social media that “[STB can] suck my d–k f–got tell them pay there [sic] bills cheap ass white boys.”