Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams returned to the practice field with his teammates for OTAs on Monday. We're assuming that not many of those teammates were as popular after the practice when it came to interview requests.
Williams fielded questions from reporters regarding allegations that he contemplated suicide in text message exchanges with his ex-fiancee, Erin Marzouki, last November. Williams admitted Monday that the messages were sent, but insists that they're being taken out of context - and more importantly, that he is not suicidal.
"No," Williams said in response to a question asking whether he is suicidal, per The Buffalo News. "In the heat of battle, in the heat of ups and downs, things like that, you just come to somebody who you think you can just vent to, and whatever comes out, comes out.
"That's how you're comfortable with somebody at the time. You can say anything," he continued. "This is something I wouldn't tell anybody else other than the person you love."
Bills head coach Doug Marrone also addressed the situation, telling reporters that he'd spoken with Williams but would not be commenting publicly:
Marrone on Mario Williams: "The organization will not comment on personal issues ... My conversations with him are private"— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 20, 2013
Williams also allegedly sent text messages conveying that he'd taken three hydrocodone pills on a flight back to Buffalo following a road loss to New England, and that he planned on taking more. The veteran pass rusher told reporters that the medication was prescribed to him by the Bills after he had wrist surgery just weeks earlier.
"Anything I take is 100 percent prescribed, given from here," Williams said Monday regarding prescribed medication, who also noted that he has a high tolerance for painkillers.
As we mentioned when the allegations were made public on Friday, Williams and Marzouki are currently in the midst of a very public court battle in which each party is attempting to recoup a nearly $800,000 engagement ring. By Texas law, Marzouki will retain the ring if she can prove that Williams ended the relationship, and in attempting that, she and her lawyer are attempting to prove that Williams is an unstable personality. The publicity has been ugly on both sides, and Williams conveyed that it might get uglier.
"I've made it known, this is just going to get bad," Williams said of the matter. "Neither of us want that, but you get what you ask for."