Ricky is taking a big hit to his wallet, maybe Ontarrio can learn a lesson. How much is that doobie worth to ya? :scratch:








Friday, September 24, 2004


ESPN.com news services
MIAMI -- Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams was ordered Friday to repay the team more than $8.6 million for breaching his contract when he suddenly quit before training camp.

Arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled Friday that Williams must repay $8,616,353 in bonus money under the contract he left behind when he shocked the Dolphins and their fans with his sudden retirement last month. The contract ran through 2007.

"We are pleased that Mr. Bloch has confirmed that Ricky Williams breached his contract with the Dolphins and is required to repay compensation," NFL senior vice president/general counsel Dennis Curran said.

"This decision is consistent with many other cases that have affirmed the right of NFL clubs and players to negotiate compensation based on the player's fulfillment of the contract," Curran said.

The Dolphins declined comment Friday, saying they only talk about players on their roster.

Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg, was out of the country, his office said. He didn't immediately return a phone message left Friday.

Williams has said that if the Dolphins attempt to get the money back, he will file bankruptcy.

Richard Berthelsen of the NFL Players Association argued on Williams' behalf Tuesday at the arbitration hearing.

"We gave it our best shot and then some, but it's hard to overcome the language of a contract," he said.

The hearing was held Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.