When it comes to the lawsuit recently filed by Bills defensive lineman Mario Williams for the recovery of a $785,000 engagement ring from his former fiancée, the wheels of justice are spinning quickly.
According to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, lawyers for Williams and Erin Marzouki met for three hours on Friday in an effort to resolve the case informally, but were unsuccessful.
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents Marzouki, said that Williams, not Marzouki, broke off the engagement.
“Texas law says that if the man breaks off the engagement, the woman keeps the ring,” Buzbee said. “Mr. Williams experienced dramatic mood swings throughout the engagement. It was during one of his low points that he broke off the engagement for the last time this past December. It was only after Ms. Marzouki refused to take him back that he became angry and filed this frivolous case.
“He should have not filed a case out of anger. Ms. Marzouki will not be bullied. In the court system, no matter how rich you are, everyone is treated equally.”
Buzbee also released text messages from Williams to Marzouki, apparently to corroborate the contention of mood swings.
“I took 3 hydrocodones this morning and no one knows,” Williams allegedly said. “I’m going to take 2 more on the plane and fade away.” Williams also allegedly said: “No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts.”
Regardless of the letter of the law, it’s odd that Marzouki would want to keep the ring. Sure, Williams can afford it. Sure, she can tell herself that she “deserves” it as compensation for putting up with him.
But the ring was purchased to secure a marriage that never happened. Regardless of who broke it off, why would Marzouki want to keep it?