Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is the subject of a $70 million lawsuit filed by a woman who claims to be his fiancée and the mother of his two children, making allegations that she’s the victim of two incidents of domestic violence.
Candace Williams is seeking $50 million in punitive damages and $20 million in compensatory damages from the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher, according to court documents.
Meanwhile, Williams, 26, has filed a separate complaint seeking custody of two infant children, a boy and a girl.
In a hearing set for today in Baltimore District Court, Williams is seeking a restraining order against Suggs, 27, after being granted a temporary protective order last week where she alleged that the NFL player knocked her down during a Nov. 29 confrontation and poured bleach on her and their son.
“I can’t talk about all that right now,” Suggs said Thursday at the Ravens’ training complex after the lawsuit was filed. “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.”
Williams has also alleged that Suggs broke her nose on Nov. 3 and threatened to kill her.
In the Nov. 29 incident, which allegedly stemmed from an argument over tickets to the Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that night, she wrote in a complaint that Suggs threatened to drown her with bleach and poured the chemical on her “entire body,” while he was holding her down.
The presiding judge wrote in the order that Williams has a visible laceration on her chest.
And Williams alleged in her custody filing that Suggs has “irrational and violent tendencies” that prevent them from communicating effectively regarding the children.
Suggs hasn’t been charged with any crime, and there’s no record of emergency phone calls to his Windsor Mill residence. The order mandates that he not contact or abuse Williams and must vacate the home.
Suggs declined to say whether he would attend the hearing.
“I can’t speak about it right now,” Suggs said.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he has spoken to Suggs about the situation and worked out a schedule with him around his legal obligations.
Suggs practiced on a limited basis Thursday for the second day in a row. He’s regarded as a question mark for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions and was noncommittal about his status.
Suggs has missed the past three games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee after being injured on an illegal block by Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.
“I’m just trying to feel it out,” he said. “I don’t really want to go before it’s ready, and it’s not ready. I’m trying to see how it feels in game situations. So, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see on Sunday.
“It does feel better, but it still has some issues. I’m still not trusting it fully all the way, but who knows. As the week goes on, it’s a long way away from Sunday.”
Suggs predicted that he’ll know by Saturday night or Sunday morning whether he’ll be able to play.
Although this off-field episode, the second of his NFL career after being acquitted in 2005 of a felony aggravated assault charge in Phoenix, is obviously a serious one, Suggs said he doesn’t feel like his legal issues have created a distraction for the team.
“No, I think we’ll be all right,” he said. “It’s just one of those things you’ve got to deal with. I’m still coming to work.
“I’m still getting ready for Sunday. Like I said, after everything is handled, you can ask all the questions you want to about it.”