Roy Williams sues to recover ring

Updated: July 6, 2011, 9:30 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

While Dallas Cowboys players Tony Romo, Stephen McGee and Martellus Bennett got married this summer, wide receiver Roy Williams' attempt to join the crowd didn't work out.

Williams is suing a former girlfriend he proposed to this spring, according to a lawsuit obtained by the Odessa American on June 30.

The lawsuit says Williams, a native of Odessa, Texas, is trying to regain possession of a $76,000 engagement ring he sent -- by mail -- to Brooke Daniels, the 2009 Miss Texas USA, whom he dated for nearly a year.

Williams also sent Daniels $5,000 for school and dental bills, a baseball for her brother and a taped marriage proposal in February.

When Daniels declined to marry Williams, the lawsuit says she didn't return the ring when he asked for it back. According to the lawsuit, Daniels said she lost the ring.

"I'm not going to talk about it," Williams told ESPNDallas.com on Wednesday morning. "It's a non-issue."

Michael Daniels, Brooke Daniels' father, told the Odessa American that Williams then filed a claim with his insurance company, State Farm, which investigated the lost ring.

It was determined by the insurance company, according to Michael Daniels, that the ring was not lost and that the matter was whether it was a gift.

Michael Daniels, who also is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, told the newspaper that he has possession of the ring and plans to return it to avoid further legal issues. He said he and his daughter never told Williams that the ring had been lost.

"He said to [Brooke], '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 Daniels told the Odessa American.

Daniels added: "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."

An injunction hearing is set for Friday afternoon in Odessa.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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