Ricky Williams slapped with paternity suit By Kristen Haunss Staff Writer Posted October 9 2004 Ricky Williams' problems go beyond his battles with the NFL. The running back who is seeking to end his three-month retirement in the face of a drug suspension and an order to pay the Dolphins $8.6 million for breach of contract is facing a paternity suit in a Broward County court. Cherie Nicole Clark, formerly of Miami Beach and now a resident of Honolulu, filed papers in August asking Williams to pay child support for her 14-month-old son. All proceedings are on hold until a paternity test is conducted, court documents state. Clark, 23, claims in the documents that Williams is the father of her son, and she asked the court to award child support, including medical and dental insurance, and other expenses. In his initial filing on Sept. 10, Williams denied having sex with Clark and denied he was the father of the child. However, in papers filed Sept. 22, Williams said he and Clark had "an intimate relationship during the time that the minor child in these proceedings was conceived." The document states that Clark informed Williams he was the father of the child and that Williams "accepted her word." It also says Williams has provided Clark with a "substantial amount" of money for support of the child and allowed his name to be placed on the birth certificate and health insurance policy. Clark's filing states that she is unemployed due to the age of the child and that "it was the desire of the father that the mother be a full-time parent for the child." According to the documents, Williams has visited the child for five days since he was born. Williams' lawyers have asked that his financial records, along with documents pertaining to disciplinary actions, drug reports and grievances filed against him, not be released until a paternity test proves he is the father. Williams is required to undergo a paternity test by Nov. 15. Marsha Esler, Williams' lawyer, and Regina Tsombanakis, who had served as Williams' counsel until about week ago, would not comment. Neither would Doug Reynolds, Clark's counsel. Kristen Haunss can be reached at khaunss@sun- sentinel.com.