Roy Williams’ quest 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 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.
Reportedly, the ring, valued at $76,600, has been returned. Brooke Daniels’ mother said the ring was returned to Williams’ attorney near Houston.
Michael Daniels says he is returning the ring. “I want to wash my hands of it,” he said. “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.
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 and a baseball for her brother in an overnight package. He also recorded a marriage proposal and included an engagement ring, the lawsuit said.
Brooke Daniels, a former Miss Texas, 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 “has 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.
Roy 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.