DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Another embarrassing situation involving a Dallas Cowboys player and jewelry has come to light, but this time the pro-football star is suing to get his ring back.
Cowboys receiver Roy Williams has filed a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend and former Miss Texas USA Brooke Daniels alleging that she kept a $76,000 engagement ring despite declining his mailed marriage proposal, according to the Odessa American.
Williams is not commenting about the story, but in an affidavit filed in Ector County he claims that he sent the former beauty pageant winner $5,000 for school and dental bills, a baseball for her brother and a marriage proposal that included the diamond ring shortly before Valentine’s Day in February 2011.
Williams also said in the affidavit that he asked for the ring to be returned until Daniels claimed six weeks later that she had lost it, at which point he reported it lost to his insurance agency. An investigation has revealed that Daniels’ father, Michael Daniels, had the ring. He is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Michael Daniels disputed Williams’ account. “He said (to Brooke Daniels), ‘I’m not like a lot of people, I don’t want the ring back. You’ll eventually come back to me,’ and she didn’t.” Michael also said that he planned on returning the ring to avoid any legal hassles. “I want to wash my hands of it. It’s just a hassle. I’ll take care of my daughter. I don’t need him.”
Texas law states that if the donor of the ring is at fault for terminating an engagement, the ring doesn’t have to be returned.
Update 7/7/2011 5:00 p.m.
Roy Williams’ quest for the ring is apparently over.
A court hearing scheduled for Friday has been cancelled in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Dallas Cowboys receiver over an engagement ring he allegedly mailed to Brooke Daniels, a former Miss Texas, in February as part of a marriage proposal.
Williams sued Daniels to retrieve the ring, and a hearing was slated for Friday. But court administrator Tina Gurule says the hearing has been cancelled and not rescheduled.
Gurule could not confirm if the ring, valued at $76,600, had been returned to Williams.
The player’s attorney, Craig Gant, did not return a phone message left at his office.
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