Restraining order granted against Suggs

OWINGS MILLS – The mother of Baltimore Ravens star outside linebacker Terrell Suggs' two children was granted a restraining order by a Baltimore district court judge Friday, according to court documents and news reports.

Joint custody was agreed upon for the two infant children, a boy and a girl, with Suggs' mother empowered by the court to facilitate visitation. Plus, Suggs was ordered to pay $35,000 per month in child support.

Suggs was also ordered to stay away from Candace Williams, his former fiancée who has filed a $70 million lawsuit against the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher seeking punitive and compensatory damages.

Suggs' lawyers have denied allegations of domestic violence stated in court filings by Williams. She has alleged that Suggs knocked her down, struck her in the chest and poured bleach on her and their son on Nov. 29 during a confrontation she says was triggered by an argument over tickets to the Ravens' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Williams, 26, also alleged that Suggs, 27, broke her nose and threatened to kill her during a separate Nov. 3 incident.

No details were provided by Williams, though, of the injuries she alleged, including busted lips, black eyes and the broken nose.

"It was unsubstantiated," Warren S. Alperstein, Suggs' lawyer, told reporters after the court hearing. "You're obviously aware that there's a $70 million lawsuit that was filed less than three weeks after this Nov. 29 incident allegedly occurred.

"You can draw your own conclusions relating to someone's motive. He's eager to move on and resume his relationship with his children, which he's been deprived of."

Suggs attended the hearing, but didn't conduct interviews before or after his court appearance. Suggs hasn't been charged with any crimes, and there is no record of any emergency calls to his Windsor Mill residence.

There are two pending court matters in civil court, separate filings from Williams for custody of the children as well as the big lawsuit seeking damages against the NFL player.

Suggs was signed to a $62.5 million deal in July, the richest linebacker contract in NFL history. Suggs will maintain residence of his home, which Williams had requested use of. However, she was granted use of his luxury sport utility vehicle, a 2008 Hummer H2.

Suggs didn't practice Friday and is listed as questionable on the injury report. He's expected to be a game-time decision, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Suggs has missed the past three games due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, an injury suffered on an illegal block by Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.

Suggs said Thursday that he will eventually tell his side of the story after being portrayed by Williams in her custody filing as being abusive and having "irrational and violent tendencies" that prevent them from communicating effectively regarding the children.

"I can't talk about all that right now," Suggs said. "You know I've always been fair. When I can address it, I will. I really have nothing to hide. As bad as I want to talk about it right now, I can't.  

"When I'm able to do it, you guys can ask a million and one questions about it, and I would be glad to answer them for you. Right now, to be safe, I really can't answer any questions about it right now."


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