Former Texans star Mario Williams now plays for the Buffalo Bills, but he apparently left a piece of his heart – and a $785,000 engagement ring – in Houston.
And he wants the ring back.
Attorneys for Williams filed suit last week in Harris County state district court against Erin Marzouki, who is described in the lawsuit as Williams’ former fiancée. The suit seeks recovery of a 10.04 carat diamond ring from Marzouki in the wake of her decision in January to end her engagement with Williams, according to court documents.
“(Marzouki) never intended to marry (Williams) and used the relationship as a means to get to (Williams’) money and acquire gifts,” said the lawsuit, filed by Houston attorneys Monica Schulz Orlando and Michael Gary Orlando.
The attorneys are asking the court to obtain the ring from Marzouki and to hold it until the legal action is resolved. They were not immediately available for comment today.
Williams presented the engagement ring to Marzouki on Feb. 19, 2012, according to the lawsuit. He also gave her an American Express card to which she charged $108,000 during 2012 and “additional luxurious items” valued at about $230,000, attorneys said.
However, Marzouki “unilaterally terminated” the engagement on Jan. 21, 2013, and has refused Williams’ request to return the diamond engagement ring, which she had promised to do if the engagement ended, according to the lawsuit.
Williams’ attorneys are seeking a temporary restraining order and a permanent injunction preventing Marzouki or her associates from selling or damaging the ring or keeping any proceeds from the sale of the ring. Williams is entitled to recovery of the ring, they say, under a “conditional gift rule” recognized by Texas courts.
Williams was the first selection in the 2006 NFL draft by the Texans and played in Houston through the 2011 season. In 2012, he signed a six-year, $100 million contract with the Bills that included $50 million in guaranteed money and subsequently purchased a 13-room, 9,389-square-foot house in suburban Buffalo valued at $2 million located across the street from the home owned by former Bills star Jim Kelly.
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