Mario Williams put a ring on it. And now he wants it back.
Williams sued his ex-fiancee, Erin Marzouki, attempting to obtain an extremely expensive engagement ring he gave her. Marzouki is not interested in returning the ring and has since filed her own claim against Williams, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News:
Mario Williams fired the first public salvos against his ex-fiancee, essentially calling her a gold digger in a lawsuit to recover a 10.04-carat engagement ring worth $785,000.
It was only a matter of time until we heard what a lout she thinks the Buffalo Bills pass rusher is.
Erin Marzouki has filed a response and counterclaim against Williams in Harris County, Texas. She alleges Williams repeatedly broke up with her only to reconcile and told her to keep the ring after their final split.
According to ESPN, Williams has claimed that it was his fiancee that broke off the engagement and that Marzouki never had any intention to wed him. He claimed she was essentially using him for his money.
Marzouki paints a different portrait. She claims, via Graham's report, that he broke up with her at least five times, made falsified statements "in a sworn, verified petition" and that charges made on an American Express card totaling $108,000 were made on behalf of Williams’ new home, not for Marzouki's personal use.
A lot has apparently happened between the couple in the last year. Remember, Williams had Marzouki come to Buffalo with him, take a tour of the area and check out real estate last March before he signed a whopping six-year deal with the Bills worth up to $100 million.
Just in case you were wondering how much of the guaranteed money he received when he signed the deal was spent on Marzouki's ring, Darren Rovell of ESPN has you covered:
Mario Williams spent 3% of the guaranteed $ he immediately got in Buffalo ($24.9M) on an engagement ring.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 6, 2013
Here's another way to look at all of that guaranteed money (which, broken down, included a $19 million signing bonus and a guaranteed base salary of $5.9 million for the 2012 season)—Williams finished the 2012 season with 10.5 sacks on the year. That means each of those sacks was worth $2.37 million dollars.
In other words, each sack was worth three engagement rings.
So much for two months' salary...