Posted at: 05/20/2013 3:40 PM
Updated at: 05/20/2013 3:44 PM
By: Associated Press
Denying he's ever contemplated suicide, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams accused his former fiance on Monday of taking private comments out of context in a bid to win a lawsuit over the possession of a $785,000 diamond engagement ring.
"Obviously it's just a tactic to cover up the point of the whole thing," Williams said. "It is what it is. I could really care less. All it is (is) allegations and text messages and what not, whatever information blown out of proportion. I mean, it's completely out of context."
Williams spoke after practice Monday in his first chance to respond since Erin Marzouki's attorney released a series of texts the player and his ex-fiance exchanged on Nov. 11.
Marouzki's lawyer, Tony Buzbee, described Williams as experiencing "dramatic mood swings" throughout the engagement. And he released a series of text messages taken off Marzouki's phone to show how despondent Williams was over their breakup.
In one text, Williams wrote: "No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts."
Calling himself "completely fine," Williams said he was "venting" his feelings to someone he thought he trusted.
"In a moment of anger, I talk about everything, I'll tell you that. And I don't know too many people who would say they don't," he said. "Have you seen any of the notion, me needing any kind of help?"
And Williams questioned why Marzouki would bring these texts to light now, and not raise concerns about Williams immediately after he texted those comments.
Another text has Williams revealing that he took three hydrocodones that morning, the day of Buffalo's game at New England. And he planned to take two more on the plane home. Hydrocodone is classified as a narcotic, and prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain.
Williams explained that any painkillers he took were prescribed by the team. And, he added, he was playing in pain at the time, with the game occurring three weeks after he had surgery to repair an injured left wrist.
He described Marzouki's decision to release the texts as something that reveals her true character.
"Your lawyer's just an extension of you and she agrees to everything that happens," Williams said. "I'm glad to see somebody's true color in their character now than later."
The texts were released after the two sides failed to mediate their differences over who has the right to the engagement ring.
Williams filed a lawsuit in Texas' Harris County district court May 3, demanding Marzouki return the ring and accusing 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 counter suit last week, calling Williams' claims "ridiculous" and "patently false," and argued it was the player who broke 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.
Williams said he has no regrets of launching the suit, and isn't worried about what else might be revealed.
"In my situation, dude, my skin is unbreakable," Williams said.
Pointing to the football field, he added: "This is all that matters to me. And that logo. So everything else about old stuff and this and that, it sounds good, but that's the least of my worries."