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Ricky Williams Says He’s Happily Retired

February 2, 2005

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams was back in South Florida on Tuesday as the defendant in a paternity case, and said he’s unsure whether he’ll play football again.

``I don’t know. Not right now,″ Williams said following a court hearing. ``I’m still in retirement. I’m enjoying retirement.″

Williams has been studying holistic medicine at a small college near Sacramento, Calif. New Dolphins coach Nick Saban has said he would consider welcoming back Williams, whose abrupt retirement last July sent the team reeling to a 4-12 season.

Asked about Saban, Williams said, ``I don’t know anything about him. I haven’t talked to him.″

The comments by Williams followed a hearing on a paternity claim by Cherie Nicole Clark. She filed papers in August asking Williams to pay child support for her baby son.

Williams has acknowledged an intimate relationship with Clark when the child was conceived. He’s contesting the amount of child support he must pay.

Outside the courthouse, Williams said he has learned a lot about himself since his retirement at age 27.

``I’ve realized a lot of times when I think I’ve been treated unfairly, I sort of walk away from the situation,″ he said. ``It happened with the Dolphins, and it happened in this. I’ve learned to take more responsibility for my life.″

The judge scheduled another hearing for March 30.

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