Retired Dolphin admits to relationship

Updated: October 9, 2004, 3:00 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ricky Williams has acknowledged having an intimate relationship with a woman who filed a paternity suit against him, according to court papers.

The retired Miami Dolphins running back, who has been saying he wants to rejoin the team, faces a court hearing in the suit Dec. 15.

Cherie Nicole Clark, formerly of Miami Beach and now a resident of Honolulu, filed papers in August in Broward Circuit Court asking Williams to pay child support for her 14-month-old son. Clark, 23, claims that Williams is the boy's father.

In a response on Sept. 10, Williams denied having sex with Clark and denied he was the father. However, in papers filed Sept. 22, Williams said he and Clark had "an intimate relationship during the time that the minor child in these proceedings was conceived."

The document said Clark informed Williams he was the father, and he "accepted her word." It also said Williams has provided Clark with a "substantial amount" of money for support of the child and allowed his name to be placed on the birth certificate and health insurance policy.

There was no immediate response Saturday to messages left with Williams' agent.

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