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Mario Williams' ex-fiancee pushes back with court filing

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams fired the first public salvos against his ex-fiancee, essentially calling her a gold-digger in a lawsuit seeking to recover a 10.04-carat engagement ring worth $785,000.

It was only a matter of time until we heard what a lout she thinks he is.

Erin Marzouki has filed a legal response and counterclaim in Harris County, Texas.

"This is a stupid lawsuit because it has no legal merit, and it's a stupid lawsuit because it's not going to be good for his career," Marzouki's attorney, Tony Buzbee, told the Houston Chronicle.

Buzbee added that Williams "is a victim of his emotions and of bad legal advice. What he's done is kick an anthill, and you know what happens when you kick an anthill."

And Williams thought he had his hands full with New York Jets tackle Austin Howard.

The counterclaim asserts Williams is suing to "harass and scare Ms. Marzouki," that the ring is located in a security-deposit box and that she has no intentions to dispose of it.

Marzouki's counterclaim also contends:

  • Williams "made statements in a sworn, verified petition that were clearly false, and Mario Williams knew they were false."
  • During their 10-month engagement, Williams broke up with Marzouki at least five times, including two days into a family trip to the Bahamas to celebrate their engagement. Williams "chartered a private plane and left the Bahamas."
  • Williams told Marzouki to keep the ring after their last breakup in December.
  • A part of Williams "wanted to continue to live the life of a wealthy bachelor who could do whatever he wanted, with whomever he wanted, whenever he wanted."
  • Most the $108,000 in charges made on an American Express card were not for her but to furnish Williams' new home in Orchard Park and renovations on his home in the Houston area.
  • There are 200 pages of text messages as proof.

The Houston Chronicle reported a court hearing on the matter will be held Friday.


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Tim Graham

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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.

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