Suggs’s lawyer, Warren Alperstein, said that that Candace Williams, who is the mother of Suggs’ two children, filed a court order in November.
“The guns were surrendered over to police pursuant to the court order, and they [Suggs and Williams] are resolving their issues,” Alperstein said. “All I can tell you is that he’s in rightful and lawful possession of the guns but turned them over pursuant to the requirements of the law.”
The Ravens and Suggs, who has not been charged with any crime, declined to comment for the Sun’s story. So did an attorney representing Williams. Court records show that Suggs filed a custody complaint on Nov. 19 and Williams filed her complaint afterward, according to Alperstein. Baltimore County police told the Sun that two 911 calls came from Suggs’s address on Nov. 21, but no reports were filed.
In a December 2009 complaint, Williams, who was once engaged to Suggs, alleged in a court filing that Suggs had thrown a soap dispenser at her head, hit her in the chest with his hand, and held a bottle of bleach over her and their 1-year-old son during an argument over game tickets. She made the allegations, according to the Sun, in an application for a protective order. Suggs was neither investigated or charged with a crime and Williams was granted a temporary protective order. She had it rescinded after about a month.
The latest Suggs news emerges at a time of a heightened awareness of the prevalence of guns in the NFL. After Kansas City Chiefs linebacker killed his girlfriend and committed suicide Saturday, there has been a vigorous debate on the top of gun possession, with former coach Tony Dungy estimating that as many as three-quarters of players indicated they owned guns when he’d ask his players for a show of hands.
“That was kind of eye-opening to me,” Dungy told USA Today. “… [But] it’s just a fact of life. These guys had them. … I think so many of these young guys have been around guns and have seen guns, and they just feel that’s part of the landscape for them growing up.”
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and former NBA star Charles Barkley told Bob Costas on “Costas Tonight” last night that guns are not to blame for the Belcher tragedy. Both men told Costas they own guns.