posted on Nov, 25 2004 @ 02:01 PM
here is the latest strange twist in the saga of rickey williams, it is hard for me to understand how anyone in his right mind this side of al davis
would want this guy anywhere around a team
League Ponders Letting Williams Return Faster
By JUDY BATTISTA
s the N.F.L. and a lawyer for the retired Miami running back Ricky Williams close in on an agreement to allow Williams to be reinstated after serving
a substance-abuse suspension at the end of this season, the question remains whether he is interested in returning.
Williams's lawyer, David Cornwell, told The Associated Press this week that he was pleased with the league's proposal to allow Williams to serve a
four-game suspension in December, then be reinstated with the Dolphins. He also said he thought Williams would be happy with the plan. Cornwell said
through a spokesman yesterday that there had been no further progress on the deal.
The N.F.L. spokesman Steve Alic said yesterday that while discussions continued, no agreement had been reached.
Williams recently indicated that football was far from his mind. He is studying holistic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda, just outside
Sacramento. When contacted by The San Francisco Chronicle, Williams indicated that Cornwell and his agent, Leigh Steinberg, might not know his current
"I understand their wishful thinking," Williams told The Chronicle. "It's easy math. If I play, it puts more money in their pocket." Later, Williams
said: "I loved playing football, but the reasons I loved football were just to feed my ego. And any time you feed your ego, it's a one-way street."
The deal would require Williams to participate in the league's substance-abuse program and the regular testing it demands. Williams also owes the
Dolphins more than $8.6 million for breaching his contract. When he retired last summer, as he faced a positive test for marijuana use, Williams
walked away from the $5 million - including bonuses and incentives - that he stood to make this season.
The proposed deal would reduce the suspension time Williams would have to serve. Because he failed a third drug test before his retirement, he would
have had to serve a four-game suspension. But a return from retirement within a year would subject Williams to a one-year suspension under the
league's substance-abuse program. Instead, Williams would serve the four-game suspension this season and be free to rejoin the Dolphins for off-season
The Dolphins would probably try to trade Williams, although his mercurial behavior makes his trade value unknown, even though, at 27, he is still in
his athletic prime.
The Dolphins have had no comment on Williams's situation, calling it a league matter.
Soon after he retired, Williams was quoted as saying that if he returned, he would not mind playing for the Oakland Raiders, who are coached by the
former Dolphins offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
But Williams seems to have changed his mind again. He has traveled extensively since the summer, and the holistic medicine program in which he is
enrolled lasts 18 months.