Antaun Teasley, a chef to Miami Heat stars Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, was killed in a shooting at Miami Beach’s Club Mansion, reports The Miami Herald. Reports from Florida indicate that Teasley was shot after a fight broke out between two parties in the club’s VIP section early in the morning on June 10.
The shooting came less than 24 hours before the Miami Heat battle the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. A Fight Broke Out Between 2 Groups in the VIP Area
He died after a gunshot to the chest. Cops responded to the club at 3:41 a.m. after a report of a shooting in the VIP area. CBS Miami reported there was anarchy inside the club after the gunshots broke out with patrons running for the exits. The two groups who were fighting had been sharing the VIP section of the club. One witness told the station:
I was standing in the VIP and there was like a ‘bang’ noise, like a gun, and I looked over right in the VIP and everybody started getting down and running…And I was like there’s no way on Earth that this is gunshots. So we’re standing there and then everybody started running and security started coming. … The DJ was like ‘No it’s not a gunshot, everybody just relax, relax’ and then they cut the music off.
2. He Was Known as ‘Young Chef’
Teasley went by the moniker “Young Chef.” Through his company, Young Chef Catering, he provided meals for the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat. In addition to basketball, he also catered for Serena Williams and Timbaland.
3. Reports Indicate He Was Closest With Norris Cole on the Miami Heat
He was especially close to Miami Heat guard Norris Cole, friends told The Miami Herald. Cole did not speak to reporters after the Heat’s June 10 practice. Mario Chalmers though told the media:
He was just a close friend. He was my chef when I first got out here [to Miami]. So it’s tough. My condolences to his family and to him, to his kids.
Teasley and Cole appear in several pics together on the chef’s Instagram page.
4. He Was From Cleveland
Teasley was a native of Cleveland who earned his culinary qualifications in Pennsylvania before relocating to South Florida. According to Sgt. Bobby Hernandez, a police spokesman, Teasley was native of Club Mansion. He could often be seen wearing Miami Heat gear at the club. On his Facebook page, Teasley posted photos of himself at the 2012 NBA All-Star game.
5. Bryant McKinnie Mourned Teasley on Instagram
Bryant McKinnie of the Miami Dolphins posted on his Instagram about Teasley’s death:
So disturbing to wake up to some bad news about a friend! His passion was cooking & he had a very laid back but kind spirit. Sad to see you go homie & praying for ur son, ur twin brother as well as the rest of ur family.