By Justin Fenton and Jeff Zrebiec
7:06 PM EST, December 6, 2012
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was required to surrender several firearms last month as part of a domestic case involving his longtime girlfriend filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court, his attorney said Thursday.
Suggs’ attorney Warren Alperstein confirmed that Candace Williams filed for a court order last month. He declined to provide more details; a copy of the order wasn’t immediately available.
“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.”
Court records show that Suggs filed a custody complaint against Williams on Nov. 19. Williams filed her complaint sometime afterward, Alperstein said. Baltimore County police said Thursday that two calls to 911 were received from Suggs’ address on Nov. 21, but no reports were taken.
Alperstein said that attorneys “anticipate that all of the domestic-related issues will be resolved” at a court hearing next week.
Kevin Byrne, the Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations, said that the organization is aware of the situation, but he declined further comment. Suggs declined comment through the team.
Williams’ attorney, Charles E. Brooks, declined comment when reached at home Thursday night.
Williams, who is the mother of his two children and was once his fiancee, alleged in a court filing in December 2009 that the long-time Raven knocked her down and spilled bleach following an argument over game-day tickets.
According to the complaint, Williams said 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 1-year-old son.
The allegations came in an application for a protective order, a civil process initiated by individuals. Suggs was not investigated or charged with a crime.
Williams received a temporary protective order following the incident, but she rescinded it about a month later and withdrew a $70 million lawsuit as the two attempted to reconcile.
Suggs posted pictures of himself with his two children via Twitter, including one while at the Washington Wizards-Miami Heat basketball game at the Verizon Center, on Tuesday night.
The 10-year NFL player, who is the organization’s all-time leader in sacks, tore his right biceps in the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. It was Suggs’ seventh game back after his surprising return from a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered in April.
Suggs has vowed to continue to play through his latest injury and returned to the practice field Thursday. The Ravens, currently 9-3, will play the Washington Redskins Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover.