UPDATE: 05/06/2013: Almost eight full months after we last updated this post, it seems a resolution has come for Mario Williams and ex-fiance Erin Marzouki. Well, sort of. Basically, both parties released statements apologizing for acting ridiculous but beyond that, nothing happened. We don't even know if the ring was returned or not.
UPDATE: 05/06/2013: Breaking up is hard to do. No question about it. And when there's a $785,000 engagement ring involved, things can often get even trickier.
That's exactly the case for Mario Williams and ex-fiancee Erin Marzouki. The couple was engaged in February, 2011 just weeks before Mario Williams signed a $100M contract with Buffalo (though only $50M guaranteed, and about half of that up front). Williams splurged for a 10-carat ring that cost him more than $785,000. Unfortunately after Marzouki broke off the engagement in January of 2012, Mario Williams was left wanting that nearly $800K ring back.
In court documents filed in Houston, TX, Mario Williams is now adamant about the return of the ring. The lawsuit alleges that Marzouki never actually intended to marry Williams, and simply used him for his fame. The charges further allege that Marzouki rang up more than $100K on an American Express credit card Williams took out in her name, as well as more than $230K in other gifts he provided her in the eleven months since their engagement.
While some may claim pettiness, others may look at the more than $1M Williams paid out to a woman he now feels never wanted to marry him, and he at the very least wants to recoup some of that money. We'll keep an eye on this one to see if Mario ever gets the ring back.
Mario William's fiance Erin Marzouki really moved the needle recently. It's amazing what comes onto the radar sometimes.
Mario Williams is clearly the biggest free agent in the 2012 class (yeah, that's right, better than Peyton), and has spent days and weeks being linked to the Buffalo Bills. After arriving in Buffalo on day one of free agency, Williams stayed overnight in the area leading to further speculation that a contract deal was imminent. On Wednesday morning, with the Buffalo area buzzing over the possibility of Williams joining their beloved Bills, one local reporter happened to bump into Super Mario at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Paul Peck of WIVB-TV ran into Williams and learned he was at the airport to pick up his then unnamed fiancee. The internet exploded with theories that Mario Williams brought his future wife to the Buffalo area to get her sign off before signing a contract that would put them in upstate New York for at least 6 months a year for the next 7 or more years.
When Peck pressed Williams as to whether this was a good sign for the Bills chances, Mario responded only "We'll see."
Unfortunately at time of publishing rumors are now churning (according to one of the best football blogs out there, ProFootballTalk.com) that Mario Williams and his fiancee Erin Marzouki are now leaving Buffalo tonight. There are no whispers of a contract being done, so maybe Mrs. Williams to be took a day in Buffalo and decided it wouldn't be for them. It will be interesting to see how many more times we see Mario and Erin at the airports, and when we do,... you'll hear about it here.
11-11-2011: As a cheerleader, it's the job of Bills WR David Nelson's girlfriend, Kelsi Reich, to root for the Cowboys. Normally, that is easy. Cheer when the Cowboys score, don't cheer when the other team scores. Pretty hard to mess up. Except, that is, when your boyfriend plays for the other team. Based on recent comments by David, it sounds like he might have something in store if he does score - especially since everyone in the media knows about their relationship and the cameras will surely be rolling. Says David, "If I'm in the area where she is I'm sure I’ll have something planned for that, but I also don’t want to get her in too much trouble”.
In addition, when questioned about whether this surprise might include a marriage proposal, Nelson said, “I can honestly tell you 100 percent it will not be a proposal. Been there and done that”. Too bad, especially since it's quite possible that, given her admitted strong faith in God, the couple is waiting until marriage - or as I like to call it, pulling a Phil and Tiffany Rivers.
Meet Kelsi Reich, a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and David Nelson's girlfriend.
When David Nelson came out of Florida, he went through a Pro Day, where he garnered interest from a number of teams, including the Dallas Cowboys. David was eventually signed by Buffalo as an undrafted rookie free agent, which actually turned out to be a blessing as the couple wouldn't have to work around the No Fraternization rule between the Cowboys cheerleaders and players.
Kelsi's bio paints the picture of a woman with extremely strong faith. Her favorite quote is from Proverbs 3:5-6, and her lifelong goal is: To raise a beautiful and healthy family with a wonderful husband that loves the lord." If you're ever looking for a bible passage, Kelsi's twitter feed is a great place to get them, as her timeline is filled with what's seemingly a daily quote.
David and Kelsi are both from the Dallas-Forth Worth area. Kelsi makes no bones about it that while she roots for David, when the Cowboys and Bills meet up, she will root for her hometown 'Boys. We'll see how that plays out this Sunday when Dallas and Buffalo collide in Dallas.
So the quick and easy stuff first. Stevie Johnson has been with his wife Britney since high school. In an article on ESPN.com, his college position coach recalled that Johnson really struggled with his transition from San Francisco to the University of Kentucky as he was miserable without Britney by his side. She ultimately moved to be with Stevie, and his coach credits this to helping him focus on the field. His coach Joker Phillips describes Stevie,
"He's a big-time family guy. He loves his daughter, loves his wife. From the day he got here, all he talked about was getting his [future] wife out here with him."
The couple now has two children; daughter Miyah, born in 2007 and son Steve III, born in 2009.
Now for the cool stuff, and why we originally found out about Britney. At Stevie's 25th birthday party, he was surprised by his wife with a butt shaped cake. Take a look at the evidence for yourself to the right.
Additionally, if we're guessing men, appears that Stevie is a man who pays up his bets when losing to his wife at Words With Friends. Tweets @StevieJohnson13: "My Wife is the most beautiful woman in the world and she loves chocolate ice cream and beating me in Words with Friends. #uHappynow ;-)"
Um, yes. Yes we are I think.