Mario Williams said he never threatened suicide, despite what an ex-fiancee might say.
Locked in a court battle over an engagement ring from the failed relationship, Williams’ ex Erin Marzouki said last week that the Buffalo Bills defensive end threatened to kill himself in the period after their break-up.
Marzouki released a series of texts from Mario Williams at the time of their break-up. Issuing the texts through her lawyer after court-encouraged mediation effort failed, Marzouki painted Williams as unstable and prone to mood swings.
The text messages came from November 11, the day the Bills lost to the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
“No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts,” Williams wrote during the exchange. He also wrote that he took three hydrocodones that morning and planned to take two more on the plane ride back to Buffalo.
Marzouki encouraged Mario to get help, writing: “Why don’t you talk to someone? Clearly you’re not happy & if your takin pills that’s bad”
Mario Williams on Monday denied that he was threatening suicide, saying the texts released by Marzouki’s lawyer were not in context.
“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 also criticized Marzouki for making the private messages public.
“You sit here and text somebody who was supposed to mean this and that to you, and then this happens? No, it’s better off,” Williams said. “So I’m glad this is actually coming out.”
Williams is in a court battle over the $785,000 diamond engagement ring he gave to Marzouki. Williams claimed that Marzouki never intended to marry him and is only keeping the ring now in an attempt to get money.
Mario Williams signed a six-year, $100 million contract with the Buffalo Bills before the 2012 season, the biggest ever for a defensive player. The signing was considered a coup for the Bills, and during Williams’ three-day free agent visit to Buffalo in March 2012 he brought along Marzouki to look at houses.
Mario Williams added on Monday that he is not suicidal and, in fact, feels “completely fine.”