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Mario Williams doesn't dispute texts, but says he isn't suicidal

By Tim Graham

Mario Williams emitted a sigh when he stepped to the lectern at One Bills Drive this afternoon and then answered every question asked about an unbecoming feud with his ex-fiancee.

Williams didn't deny he sent texts her lawyer made public Friday, but insisted he never has had suicidal thoughts and takes only medications prescribed by and dispensed by the Buffalo Bills.

"It's blown out of proportion," Williams said. "It's completely out of context."

Erin Marzouki's attorney, Tony Buzbee, released a series of texts allegedly from Williams to Marzouki. In the texts, Williams told her he was taking narcotics without anyone's knowledge and suggested he was having suicidal thoughts.

Williams expressed anger at Marzouki for revealing intimate texts he believed would remain confidential.

"Me texting somebody something, especially in a situation that it was then, I think that's just a way of venting out," Williams said. "But, obviously, that's the wrong person to vent to."

Asked specifically about references to suicide in his texts to Marzouki, Williams replied, "In a moment of anger I'll talk about anything."

Williams was pressed on whether he ever has had suicidal thoughts.

"No," Williams said. "In the heat of battle, in the heat of ups and downs, things like that, you just come to somebody who you think you can just vent to, and whatever comes out, comes out.

"That's how you're comfortable with somebody at the time. You can say anything. ... This is something I wouldn't tell anybody else other than the person you love."

Buzbee told The Buffalo News on Sunday that Marzouki did not save the texts, that the law firm retrieved them from her cell phone forensically to defend his client against allegations made by Williams in a lawsuit over a $785,000 engagement ring.

In the texts, Williams allegedly told Marzouki he had taken three hydrocodone pills with no one's knowledge the morning of the Nov. 11 game against the New England Patriots and that he would take two more on the plane ride back to Buffalo.

"Anything I take is 100 percent prescribed, given from here," Williams said today at One Bills Drive. He added the pills were to help him cope with wrist surgery he underwent nearly three weeks earlier.

Hydrocodone is a highly addictive narcotic used to treat pain. Williams claimed he has a high tolerance for drugs and that when he had pectoral surgery with the Houston Texans, doctors "had to bring in a whole another morphine machine for me."

Williams also said he never has failed a drug test, then knocked on the wooden lectern. He claimed he never has gone to therapy.

"I've made it known, this is just going to get bad," Williams said of the ugliness initiated by his lawsuit. "Neither of us want that, but you get what you ask for.

"But in my situation, my skin is unbreakable. There can be something next week. I really don't care. This is all that matters to me and that logo."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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