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DALLAS (AP) – Roy Williams’ bid for the ring is apparently over.

A court hearing scheduled for Friday has been canceled in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Dallas Cowboys wide 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 canceled and not rescheduled.

Gurule could not confirm if the ring, valued at $76,600, had been returned to Williams.

Michael Daniels told the Odessa American he was returning the ring. “I want to wash my hands of it,” he told the paper. “It’s just a hassle. I’ll take care of my daughter. I don’t need him.”

Daniels operates a plumbing company in Tomball, a Houston suburb. A woman who answered the phone there on Thursday said Michael Daniels was not available for comment.

The player’s attorney, Craig Gant, did not return a phone message left at his office.

Williams was born in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County, about 350 miles west of Dallas. According to the lawsuit, filed in Ector County District Court on June 30, Brooke Daniels contacted Williams “shortly before Valentine’s Day” and asked for $5,000 for school and dental bills.

Williams sent Daniels the money, a baseball for her brother in an overnight package. He also recorded a marriage proposal and included an engagement ring, the lawsuit said.

Daniels declined the proposal and refused to return the ring, the lawsuit said. Six weeks later, Daniels claimed that the ring was lost, and Williams asked his insurance company to investigate.

The insurance company learned that Daniels’ father, Michael, had the ring. The lawsuit said Williams asked for the ring, but that the Daniels “have refused to surrender possession of it.”

The lawsuit also included a request for temporary restraining order that would’ve prevented the Daniels from selling or destroying the ring. The purpose of the canceled hearing was to discuss the restraining order.

Williams signed a six-year, $45 million contract with the Cowboys in 2008. The former University of Texas star caught 37 passes for 530 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games last season.

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