Thanks, Roy Williams, for Giving Us News to Report and Law to Analyze

I saw Lindy’s Sports Pro Football 2011 Preview today and never thought for more than a second about whether to buy it. (I didn’t). That’s sad, given that I bought seven different preview issues last summer.

So an hour after deciding that reading an NFL preview just wasn’t worth it, I discovered that a member of the Cowboys made headlines on Yahoo!. This wasn’t an item about Jerry screwing up negotiations, Dez Bryant acting like a teenager, or more on Tony Romo’s wedding, honeymoon, or whatever he’s doing.

No, this was about Roy Williams suing the woman who turned down his marriage proposal while also refusing to give back his $76,000 ring. Here’s the blurb from Williams’ hometown paper:

Williams has declined to comment for the story, but in an affidavit signed by Williams, he claims he sent $5,000 for school and dental bills, a baseball for Daniels’ brother and — as a surprise — a recorded marriage proposal with the ring through the mail just before Valentine’s Day to Daniels. However, when Daniels declined the proposal, she did not return the ring.

Pathetic for just so many reasons.

Fortunately for Williams, the rule in Texas appears to work in his favor:

A gift to a person to whom the donor is engaged to be married, made in contemplation of marriage, although absolute in form, is conditional; and on breach of the marriage engagement by the donee the property may be recovered by the donor.

McLain v. Gilliam, 389 S.W.2d 131, 132 (Tex. Civ. App.—Eastland 1965, writ ref’d n.r.e.) (yes, I have to cite this case properly, but I won’t explain why).

On the other hand, I do not believe there is a Texas case on point where the donor sent the ring and the engagement proposal via mail only to be turned down. Thus, any lesson learned here is to send the proposal and receive an answer before sending the damn ring. If she accepts and then takes the ring, the law is very clear that she must return the ring if she breaks off the engagement.

And so, this is my Dallas Cowboys news item of the week. I could also submit a link to a story wondering whether the Cowboys will release our friend Roy, but I am not sure why we would spend more of our time pondering over moot points.