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Report: Mario Williams texted about suicide, narcotics use in November


By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams mentioned committing suicide and taking narcotics -- and his ex-fiancee found the threat credible enough to plan an intervention -- the Houston Chronicle has reported.

The eyebrow-raising allegations were made by Erin Marzouki's attorney, Tony Buzbee, who released texts purportedly sent by Williams to Marzouki in November, when Williams was playing some of his best football for the Bills.

Williams is suing Marzouki for the return of a 10.04-carat diamond engagement ring estimated to be worth $785,000. A mediation hearing was held today, but the parties were unable to reach an agreement.

And the saga got uglier for Williams today.

Buzbee released ominous texts Williams allegedly sent Nov. 11, the day the Bills suffered a heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.

"I took 3 hydrocodones this morning and no one knows," the Chronicle reported Williams as texting to Marzouki. "I'm going to take 2 more on the plane and fade away."

Another text read: "No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts."

Marzouki reportedly didn't take Williams' texts as a joke.

"You told me you're having suicidal thoughts," Marzouki wrote to Williams, according to the Chronicle. "Clearly me & you don't need to talk after every mean thing you said to be, but I'm going to tell DD to call you or something BC you went above and beyond saying suicidal thoughts, taking pills. Someone that you trust needs to intervene."

Neither the Bills nor Williams' agent, Ben Dogra, immediately responded to requests seeking comment.


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