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Roy Williams sues ex-girlfriend to get engagement ring back

Roy Williams, Malcolm Jenkins AP

On Valentine’s Day, Cowboys receiver Roy Williams mailed his girlfriend an engagement ring worth $76,600. The girlfriend rejected the proposal but kept the ring, and now Williams is suing her.

The Odessa American reports that Williams filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming he should be able to regain possession of the ring he sent to Brooke Daniels, a former beauty pageant winner who lived with Williams for a year.

In the lawsuit, Williams says he asked for the ring to be returned and Daniels said she lost it. At that point, Williams reported it lost to his insurance company, but the insurance company’s investigation indicated that Daniels’ father, Michael Daniels, remained in possession of it.

Michael Daniels confirmed to the Odessa American that he has the ring and said he’s going to give it back to Williams to avoid the lawsuit, even though he says Williams is lying about the claim that the ring was lost, and that Williams told his daughter that she could keep it.

“He said [to Brooke Daniels], ‘I’m not like a lot of people, I don’t want the ring back. You’ll eventually come back to me,’ and she didn’t,” Michael Daniels said.

So it sounds like Williams will get what he wanted out of the lawsuit. Even if he didn’t get what he wanted out of the marriage proposal.

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43 Responses to “Roy Williams sues ex-girlfriend to get engagement ring back”
  1. usfmikeb says: Jul 6, 2011 7:07 AM

    He mailed her an engagement ring? Roy has an amazing sense of romance…

  2. joetoronto says: Jul 6, 2011 7:13 AM

    What a loser.

  3. dewalt2990 says: Jul 6, 2011 7:20 AM

    he’s sweating 76k? uh oh Roy. The UFL may be calling.

  4. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 6, 2011 7:24 AM

    Ha, ha, ha and Ho, Ho!

  5. ndallasruss says: Jul 6, 2011 7:27 AM

    He should have e-mailed her a picture of the ring first. Get an idea of where her head’s at, then give her the real ring, but with a fake diamond. Once the wedding happens, then take the ring and swap out the fake diamond with the real one. Baby steps, Roy – only fools rush in…

  6. canetic says: Jul 6, 2011 7:29 AM

    The law is on Roy’s side. Why throw away $76,000?

  7. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 7:37 AM

    Talk about a perfect commercial idea for Bad Idea Jeans.
    I thought the dude who left his SB ring in the console of his car and let a valet park it was stupid.
    I think this might be up there with it.

  8. MichaelEdits says: Jul 6, 2011 7:39 AM

    I think Dez has it

  9. justanotherdummy says: Jul 6, 2011 7:44 AM

    Haha, chump.

  10. kevinfromphilly says: Jul 6, 2011 7:48 AM

    The REAL problem was that Dez Bryant was getting more touches than him.

  11. ac0117 says: Jul 6, 2011 7:49 AM

    $10 says she tosses it back to him and he drops it.

  12. 1bigtex says: Jul 6, 2011 7:52 AM

    No acceptance of the proposal=no engagement. The ring goes back. Pretty classy of the girlfriend’s dad to agree to give it back “to avoid the lawsuit”. How about giving it back because it’s the right thing to do. Get as far away from folks like that as you can.

  13. heywoodjablome says: Jul 6, 2011 7:59 AM

    This is why I gave my wife an engagement cheeseburger.

  14. drgfri says: Jul 6, 2011 8:02 AM

    Stay classy there Roy….

  15. sirsupersouthern says: Jul 6, 2011 8:06 AM

    Google imaged her, glad that I did. She’s super fine, hard to blame Roy for losing his head a little on this one…

  16. savocabol1 says: Jul 6, 2011 8:21 AM

    Did I read it right, he MAILED his engagement ring? Did she say no via text message too?

  17. majbobby says: Jul 6, 2011 8:24 AM

    Ummmm Roy for future reference. You have a better chance at a yes in a marriage proposal if um you do it in person.

  18. jpb12 says: Jul 6, 2011 8:32 AM

    No surprise. He mails it in regularly every Sunday.

  19. any2many says: Jul 6, 2011 8:39 AM

    This is just one of many things that prevents Dallas from winning. The team is chock full of losers and quitters. Btw Cowboy fans don’t come with the “you’re a hater” smack. I have been a Cowboys fan since 70.

  20. jwaldropjr says: Jul 6, 2011 8:58 AM

    Even if he gets the ring back, he’ll probably drop it….

  21. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 6, 2011 9:02 AM

    Even for him, that’s one hell of a dropped ball.

  22. billygoat says: Jul 6, 2011 9:08 AM

    Accually she doesn’t have to give the ring back. By giving it to her on a holiday (Valentine’s Day) it could be considered a gift. This is why I tell every guy who is thinking about getting married to never ever propose and give them an engagement ring on a holiday or birthday. It may seem romantic but if things fall through it gives them rights to what is your property.

  23. richm2256 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:09 AM

    He MAILED her an engagement ring???

    Seriously?

    How romantic of him. Nothing says “I love you” quite like Delivery Confirmation.

    She, of course, is obligated to return the ring, since she didn’t accept his proposal; but he, being a first-class idiot, should relinquish any rights to it as well.

  24. wferg1121 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:48 AM

    She dropped him like he dropped balls.

  25. chuxtah says: Jul 6, 2011 10:14 AM

    Wow! What an idiot. I guess he lost all confidence when Dez wouldn’t carry his pads. Chicks are gonna think you are a joke from here on out Roy. This chick and the end zone have something in common, they want nothing to do with big Roy. Jerry cut this dudes pay and then sell the team.

  26. chuxtah says: Jul 6, 2011 10:27 AM

    Any2many I feel the same way. Hopefully Garrett brings a new attitude. I’m in Ny and grew up in South jersey Giants and Eagles territory for the majority of my life. I feel everyone down in Dallas is to forgiving or they gave up on them. I have a lot of clients (Luxury Box market) down there and I ask them if they are cowboys fans and 75% say not anymore. Jerry needs to sell but he wont.

  27. lucky5934 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:31 AM

    I don’t know who is more ignorant: Roy Williams for proposing via the US Mail, the ex-girlfriend for not just giving it back, or the dad for “holding onto it”. Ok, ok, Roy wins this in a landslide.

  28. purpleguy says: Jul 6, 2011 10:32 AM

    The law in virtually every USA jurisdiction is that a marriage proposal offered with a ring is a contract offer, and if the wedding doesn’t take place (the contract not fuillfilled), the consideration (ring) must be returned. It doesn’t matter if it was given on Valentines Day, Christmas Day or Halloween if it was given with the marriage proposal. The guy may lack class, but why in the hell give up on $76K when you can give the ring to the next jock chaser to get some action?

  29. anarchopurplism says: Jul 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    He should get the ring back. Classless move to reject the proposal and keep the ring. Totally classless.

    Ring back or not…………$76,000 looks like a STEAL to avoid nuptials with this one.

    Pre-Nup City for the next chick baby!!!!

  30. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 6, 2011 10:52 AM

    Eh, she probably did him a favor by declining his proposal. Even if he didn’t get the $76K ring back, he just avoided losing a few million dollars from the inevitable divorce…

  31. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 6, 2011 10:53 AM

    Eh, she probably did him a favor by declining his proposal. Even if he didn’t get the $76K ring back, he most likely just avoided losing a few million dollars from the inevitable divorce…

  32. powderedme says: Jul 6, 2011 11:00 AM

    Awesome.

  33. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jul 6, 2011 11:14 AM

    What women doesn’t dream of the day–the most romantic day of her life–when she receives an engagement ring and hears those magical words: “Please sign here”.

  34. hobartbaker says: Jul 6, 2011 11:56 AM

    Roy is upset with Brooke Daniels. He has given that ring out 11 times and she is the first person who didn’t return it.

  35. gavinmac says: Jul 6, 2011 12:32 PM

    If the Dad was planning to give back the ring, he would have done it already. Just like Reggie Bush with his Heisman Trophy.

    Who mails an enagegment ring? If he really loved her he should have flown to wherever she was and then proposed in person while hanging out of the top of a white limousine like Richard Gere.

    Chicks dig that.

  36. tommyf15 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:04 PM

    This is what I hate about the internet.

    Whatever went on between Williams and is ex GF is none of our business. In addition, the same exact people (yes, you) that are calling Williams an idiot for pursuing the $78,000 would be calling him an idiot if he didn’t take action to recover it.

  37. steelerfan9598 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:58 PM

    He MAILED it? That’s a new one. Stands to reason though since he’s been ‘mailing it in’ for 5 years now.

  38. thetooloftools says: Jul 6, 2011 2:13 PM

    “I won’t be coming back to you”.
    Signed
    Roy Williams’ career.

  39. childressrulz says: Jul 6, 2011 3:54 PM

    I looked into this before proposing and if the wedding doesn’t happen the ring is actually the guys property by law. The only exceptions are if you do something dumb like try to count it as a birthday or christmas gift. In that circumstance it is considered a gift. So guys don’t go for a twofer and get a regular gift as well and you will be fine.

  40. tommyf15 says: Jul 6, 2011 4:31 PM

    childressrulz says:
    I looked into this before proposing and if the wedding doesn’t happen the ring is actually the guys property by law.

    That is likely to vary from state to state but according to the Federal Postal Code, one does not assume ownership of property simply because it ends up in their mailbox, regardless of whether or not the sender intended the item to go there.

    I can’t see how anyone would fail to regard this as dirtbaggy behavior on the woman’s part.

  41. pkrlvr says: Jul 6, 2011 4:56 PM

    Think that girl would have anything to do with Roy if he wasn’t a multi-millionaire?

  42. mdnittlion says: Jul 6, 2011 7:47 PM

    tommyf15 says:

    This is what I hate about the internet.

    Whatever went on between Williams and is ex GF is none of our business. In addition, the same exact people (yes, you) that are calling Williams an idiot for pursuing the $78,000 would be calling him an idiot if he didn’t take action to recover it.

    —————————————————-

    You made a good point about it being no ones business than you shot yourself in the foot by commenting on the situation, just saying.

    For everyone else who thinks she throw the ring and he dropped it you’re dead wrong. My money’s on the fact that she throw it at him he caught it and than her father wrestled it out of his arms with little to no effort “just like the Thanksgiving Game”.

  43. billygoat says: Jul 7, 2011 9:51 AM

    @purpleguy
    The law in virtually every USA jurisdiction is that a marriage proposal offered with a ring is a contract offer, and if the wedding doesn’t take place (the contract not fuillfilled), the consideration (ring) must be returned. It doesn’t matter if it was given on Valentines Day, Christmas Day or Halloween if it was given with the marriage proposal. The guy may lack class, but why in the hell give up on $76K when you can give the ring to the next jock chaser to get some action?

    ——————————————————–

    I hope your not a lawyer because you don’t seem to know anything about the law. A simple search turned this up.

    “Engagement rings fall under property, contract or family law, and how they are treated varies by state.

    In California, it depends on who broke the engagement. For example, if the person who received the ring is the one who is reneging on the engagement, then that person must relinquish the jewelry. In New York, North Carolina, Minnesota, Tennessee and other states, appellate courts say engagement rings are conditional gifts that must be returned to the gift giver if the condition — namely, the marriage — does not take place, regardless of who broke off the engagement. Kansas and Montana say a gift, once given, cannot be taken back.

    Oklahoma, where Celeste lives, has no cases on file governing engagement rings, so guidance would have to be drawn from nearby states, says Katherine Frye, family law specialist at Atkins & Markoff in Oklahoma City. Texas, she says, takes circumstances into account.

    Who gets the ring also depends on when it is given. Most courts have found that giving an engagement ring on a birthday or a holiday, such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, makes the ring a simple gift.”

    Notice the last paragraph.

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