On November 20th, Candace Williams, girlfriend of Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs, filed a temporary protective order against the player, alleging, in an altercation in September, he punched her and dragged her alongside his car while driving at a high speed. The two also had issues over the custody of their two children. Williams eventually dropped the protective disorder.
On December 14, twenty-four days after the protective order was initially filed, Suggs and Williams got married in a small ceremony at a Four Seasons hotel. According to the Baltimore Sun, Suggs posted about the ceremony on his official Facebook page:
Suggs announced his nuptials to longtime girlfriend Candace Williams on his official Facebook page, posting a photograph of himself in a dark suit and Williams in a white wedding dress. Williams is the mother of Suggs’ two children.
“Last night I married my best friend and the love of my life,” Suggs posted. “Our son gave her away and our daughter looked like a miniature version of my beautiful bride as she stood next to her. I’m a lucky, lucky man. Thank you God for all of your blessings and for showing me such amazing favor.”
Suggs’ publicist, Denise White, confirmed the ceremony to The Baltimore Sun. The couple got married in a small ceremony of roughly 30 people at the Four Seasons hotel, according to White.
The Sun article continues, stating that Suggs and Williams obtained their marriage license while resolving the issues surrounding the temporary protective order.
The September altercation was not an isolated incident of off-the-field aggression for Suggs. Around the same time in 2009, Suggs allegedly attacked Williams, held her down, and threatened her and their son with a bottle of bleach. From the Huffington Post:
Candace D. Williams, 26, accused Suggs of hitting her in the chest, pushing her to the floor and sitting on her while holding her neck with one hand and a bottle of bleach with the other, according to court documents.
Williams alleged that Suggs threatened to drown her with the bleach and that some of it splashed on her and their toddler son, the documents showed. The alleged scuffle began with an argument over tickets to the Ravens’ Nov. 29 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Williams filed a protective order after that incident as well, and also filed a $70 million dollar lawsuit against Suggs.
Involving the same incident, Suggs claimed that Williams made-up the story, and that she was one who attacked him:
Suggs’ attorneys said they would have called eyewitnesses to contradict Williams’ claims of abuse. They said Williams initiated the fight between them by hitting him in the head, kicking him and spitting on him and that Suggs did not retaliate.
The details of that lawsuit and eventual settlement hints towards Williams’ motives of material and monetary gains:
“You can draw your own conclusions relating to somebody’s motives when they file a $70 million lawsuit within 20 days of the alleged incident,” said Warren S. Alperstein, one of Suggs’ attorneys.
Suggs and Williams, who are not married, agreed to share custody of their 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, and Suggs agreed to pay Williams $35,000 a month in child support. Williams will also take possession of one of Suggs’ cars, a 2008 Hummer H2.
Well, best of luck to them in their marriage!
Oh yeah, by the way, Suggs also owns nine guns.