Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was mandated to turn in several firearms last month in compliance to a domestic case involving his longtime girlfriend, Candace Williams, according to Justin Fenton and Jeff Zriebiec of the Baltimore Sun.
Suggs does not face criminal charges, but a temporary protective order filed by Candace Williams Nov. 20 did result in the court-ordered loss of his firearms, Suggs’ lawyer, Warren Alperstein, told the Sun. Suggs’ lawyer emphasized to the paper that the court found no wrongdoing, that Suggs was in lawful possession of the weapons and that the attorney expects a favorable resolution.
Suggs filed a custody complaint on Nov. 19.
The Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations, Kevin Byrne, said that the team is aware of Suggs’ off the field situation, but did not wish to release any comments on the matter. Suggs also chose not to comment.
Charles E. Brooks, Williams’ attorney, also refused to comment when the Baltimore Sun reached him at his home Thursday night.
Suggs and Williams have had a rocky relationship that dates back to 2009. Williams, who is the mother of Suggs two children and former fiancée, alleged in court documents in December 2009 that Suggs knocked her down and spilled bleach on her after an argument over game-day tickets.
The detailed complaint alleged that Suggs threw a soap dispenser at her head, hit her in the chest with his hand, and held a bottle of bleach over her and their son.
Media scrutiny of gun ownership among NFL players has increased after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and later himself on Dec. 1. The day after the shooting, NBC broadcaster Bob Costas spoke out on the issue at halftime during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” saying, “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”