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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was forced by a court order to surrender his guns as part of an ongoing domestic case.
ESPN reports that Suggs’ girlfriend and mother of his two-children Candace Williams filed a court order in November, but specifics of the case were not released. Even without specifics, some signs of disputes were obvious from court records.
Suggs filed a custody complaint on Nov. 19, and Williams filed her court order after that. On Nov. 21, 911 dispatchers received two calls from Suggs’ address, but those calls yielded no police reports.
The NFL reported that Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said the team was aware of the case, but would not comment on the matter. Suggs’ attorney Warren Alperstein said the case should be resolved with a court hearing next week. Alperstein also stressed that Suggs’ guns were legal, and that he had legal possession of them when they were surrendered.
“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.”
This isn’t the first case of domestic disputes between Suggs and Williams. Williams filed a complaint in December 2009 alleging that Suggs knocked her down and threw something at her. She was granted a protective order, but she later withdrew it and a major lawsuit as the two attempted to work things through.
Terrell Suggs’ guns were surrendered in the wake of a tragic gun-related murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Javon Belcher. The Detroit Free Press reports that three-quarters of NFL players own guns.