Suggs charged with aggravated assault stemming from March incident in Phoenix


Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has been charged with felony aggravated assault in connection with a fight after a March basketball game in Phoenix, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

Suggs, 21, is accused of assaulting a man with a reinforced rod and attacking another man in the parking lot of Phoenix Municipal Stadium after a three-on-three basketball tournament.

Suggs took a flight to Phoenix on Monday morning but is expected to be back in time for today's practice, team officials confirmed.

Authorities were considering issuing a warrant for Suggs' arrest before the rookie decided to go to Arizona.

"He went to Arizona to meet with authorities," said Kevin Byrne, the Ravens' vice president of public and community relations. "He's handling the situation, and we expect him back."

Suggs is to appear at a preliminary hearing Jan. 20, two days after the AFC championship game and 12 days before the Super Bowl in Houston.

The charges stem from a fight involving as many as seven people March 29, but only Suggs and his relative, Donald Suggs, have been confirmed for court appearances.

Donald Suggs, 17, is accused of hitting a man with a baseball bat during the incident and also has a Jan. 20 hearing.

Suggs went to high school in the Phoenix area and set an NCAA record with 24 sacks last season at Arizona State. He leads the Ravens with 10 sacks.

With linebacker Adalius Thomas (elbow surgery) out for the season, Suggs is expected to make the first start of his pro career against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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