Bills DE Williams fails to mediate ring dispute

By JOHN WAWROW - AP Sports Writer
    2013-05-18 00:05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - An initial attempt to settle a lawsuit between Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams and his former fiancee over the possession of a $785,000 diamond engagement ring failed Friday.

Erin Marzouki's attorney, Tony Buzbee, said in an email that a court-encouraged effort to mediate the dispute was unsuccessful in Houston.

Buzbee also released a series of text messages he says were between his client and Williams, which indicate how despondent the player was over their breakup in November.

The exchange, which Buzbee said he copied off his client's phone, include Williams writing: ``No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts.''

Williams also wrote that he took three hydrocodone's in the morning of Nov. 11, the day of a Buffalo game at New England, and planned to take two more on the plane home. Hydrocodone is classified as a narcotic, and prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Marzouki responded by urging Williams to get help.

``Why don't you talk to someone? Clearly you're not happy & if your takin pills that's bad,'' she wrote.

Williams apologized, and then wrote he agreed with her that he's furious and should not have texted her in ``this state.'' Williams added: ``I need to go back n my shell. There's no telling what Ill do to myself at this point. I'm sry Ill disappear from now on.''

Messages left with Williams and his attorney, Monica Orlando, weren't returned.

Williams did post several notes on his Twitter account Friday night - among his first since July. Though they didn't mention Marzouki or the lawsuit, the messages posted were in defense of his character.

``I'm still here and always will be,'' Williams wrote. ``I'm too strong for ridicule and the childish extremes those will do to try and taint a persons name when in reality you make me stronger, hungrier and more determined.''

In a separate post, he wrote: ``The true character of someone is always revealed in times that we don't typically agree with. In these times it's how you respond and portray yourself to others that shows the ethics, character and true morals of a person. What's shown speaks for itself!''

Williams filed a lawsuit in Texas' Harris County district court May 3, demanding Marzouki return the ring and accursing her of breaking off the engagement in January. He alleged, Marzouki never had any intention of marrying him, accused her of absconding with the ring and using the relationship as a means to get at his money.

Williams is entering his second season with Buffalo. In March of last year, the Bills signed the free agent to a six-year, $100 million contract - the richest awarded to an NFL defensive player.

Marzouki filed a countersuit this past week, calling Williams' claims ``ridiculous'' and ``patently false,'' and accused the player of breaking off the engagement.

Marzouki added that Williams made it ``abundantly clear in writing'' that he wanted her to keep the ring following their last of many breakups in December. And, she said, Williams also communicated his wishes in text messages to her father and brother.