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Wile_E_Coyote
12-02-2004, 10:40 AM
MIAMI (AP) -- Ricky Williams rejected a deal that would have allowed him to serve a four-game drug suspension this season and return to the NFL next year.

"Ricky indicated to me that he is no longer interested in resuming his career at this time," Williams' lawyer, David Cornwell, said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press on Thursday.

The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner needed to let the league know by Thursday so he could be moved from the retired list to the suspended list by the deadline. He would have served the suspension for the Miami Dolphins' final four games, starting Dec. 12 at Denver.

"David Cornwell informed our office that Ricky Williams has declined to accept the terms of his reinstatement," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

http://hosted.ap.org/icons/spacer.gifhttp://hosted.ap.org/icons/spacer.gifDolphins spokesman Harvey Greene wouldn't comment, saying the matter is between Williams and the NFL.

Williams, 27, stunned his team by retiring shortly before Miami opened training camp in July. The Dolphins filed a lawsuit in federal court against the running back, seeking the $8.6 million an arbitrator ruled he owes the team for breaching his contract. Williams is fighting the decision.

He is now enrolled in a 17-month course at the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley, Calif., studying holistic medicine.

The talks to allow Williams back into the league involved a promise to return to the field next season and to re-enter the NFL drug program immediately, including being tested on a regular basis.
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"The NFL sought assurances that Ricky is indeed committed to playing," Cornwell said.

Williams gave up the $5 million he would have earned this season, which would have been his sixth in the NFL, amid reports he faced suspension for substance abuse.

He rushed for 3,225 yards in two seasons with the Dolphins, including a league-leading 1,853 yards in 2002. Miami acquired him from New Orleans after the 2001 season.

But without Williams, the Dolphins have gone into a tailspin. They're 2-9 and will finish with a losing record for the first time since 1988.
Williams has social-anxiety disorder and was a spokesman for an anti-depressant. He said marijuana helped him after he stopped using the anti-depressant.

Rain Man
12-02-2004, 10:42 AM
Based on the past few articles, it appears that Ricky's agents really, really want to get him back on the field, and that he doesn't want to play any more. It's a good thing he's got those agents looking out for themsel-er, him.

Wile_E_Coyote
12-02-2004, 10:45 AM
you can't make this sh#t up:

He is now enrolled in a 17-month course at the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley, Calif., studying holistic medicine

Sure-Oz
12-02-2004, 10:48 AM
who would want him anyway at this point?

Molitoth
12-02-2004, 10:50 AM
What an idiot.

BIG_DADDY
12-02-2004, 10:51 AM
Ban him for life for being such a stupid fvck. This last move is over the top. Apparently smoking weed is more important than playing ball and making millions.

NewChief
12-02-2004, 10:53 AM
Ban him for life for being such a stupid fvck. This last move is over the top. Apparently smoking weed is more important than playing ball and making millions.

You should be happy, BD. At this rate, Ricky will be sacking groceries at your local Whole Food Markets before long. You can get him to sign your bag of wheatgrass or something.

Otter
12-02-2004, 10:54 AM
This picture seemed strangely appropriate.

King_Chief_Fan
12-02-2004, 10:59 AM
who would want him anyway at this point?

Faiders

KCTitus
12-02-2004, 11:06 AM
He is now enrolled in a 17-month course at the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley, Calif., studying holistic medicine.

LOL...the irony.

big nasty kcnut
12-02-2004, 11:08 AM
he needed time to find his mojo.

alpha_omega
12-02-2004, 11:19 AM
Wouldn't want him on my team!