Mario Williams Suing Former Fiancé over 10-Carat Engagement Ring

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2013

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams may be entering the second year of a six-year, $96 million contract, but right now, he's much more worried about $785,000.

According to The Buffalo News' Dan Herbeck, Williams has filed a lawsuit against his ex-fiancé, Erin Marzouki, in Houston's Harris County Court to obtain a 10-carat engagement ring he gave her in a proposal.

Williams alleges in his lawsuit that Marzouki never wanted to marry him and only used him for his money. 

“(Marzouki) never intended to marry (Williams) and used the relationship as a means to get to (Williams’) money and acquire gifts,” said the lawsuit (per the Houston Chronicle). 

The lawsuit also alleges that there was an agreement in place that if the engagement were called off, she would return the ring. Marzouki reportedly called off the engagement in January after receiving the ring in February 2012. 

From a legal standpoint, Texas is a no-fault state for gifts, which engagement rings falls under. That means the person giving the ring is legally allowed to ask for its return “on breach of the marriage engagement by the donee,” per Herbeck. Thus, Williams' lawyers noted that the Bills defensive end has a "right to recovery" in regards to the expensive piece of jewelry. 

While Williams is obviously concerned first and foremost with getting his ring back, the reaction elsewhere about this story was about the diamond rock's exorbitant price. ESPN's Darren Rovell noted that Williams spent three percent of initial guaranteed money Buffalo gave him on that ring:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Mario Williams spent 3% of the guaranteed $ he immediately got in Buffalo ($24.9M) on an engagement ring.

CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb was perplexed by Williams sticking to a rule usually reserved for more modest-earning husbands-to-be:

Doug Gottlieb @GottliebShow

Mario Williams took this whole "2 months salary" to heart! Dude, that is when you make $40k per year

As if that wasn't enough, Williams' suit also alleges Marzouki ran up $108,000 on an American Express card he gave her, along with another $230,000 in "additional luxurious items."

Even if Williams is unable to recover the ring, all isn't lost financially for the 28-year-old. He is due a base salary of $6.5 million for 2013 and is under contract for even more exorbitant salaries going forward.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Williams finished last season with 46 tackles and 10.5 sacks, as the Bills went 6-10. 

There is no word from Marzouki or her lawyers regarding the case.


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