Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Heat player's private chef fatally shot at Miami nightclub before Game 3: Report

Some Miami Heat players had a heavy heart going into Game 3 Tuesday night after finding out the private chef employed by guard Norris Cole was shot and killed inside a popular South Beach nightclub early Tuesday.

Antaun Teasley was found unresponsive inside Club Mansion and that he had been in a fight with a man in the VIP area shortly before he was found, said police.

The 42-year-old Teasley was taken to a Miami hospital, where he died.

Teasley's death was announced hours before Cole and the Miami Heat would play Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami Tuesday night. 

On Twitter, Heat guard Mario Chalmers called the news "crazy." Chalmers also used to employ Teasley several years ago and he also worked for some Miami Dolphins players.

The last tweet posted to Teasley's account was a photo of a meal apparently prepared  Monday afternoon — a sweet potato frittata, summer salad with raspberry vinaigrette, turkey sausage and a beet juice.

Also in the photo was a pair of Heat championship rings and a miniature Larry O'Brien Trophy, a replica of the one presented annually to the NBA champions.

"A great person to be around," Chalmers tweeted about Teasley after the Heat finished their shootaround practice Tuesday morning. 

"Never in a bad mood always smiling."

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