The brother of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs testified Monday they were not the aggressors in a 2003 brawl that has them on trial for aggravated assault in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.
But Donald Suggs acknowledged that he may have hit two of the three alleged victims with a baseball bat after he snatched it away from one of them. The Suggs brothers are accused of beating three men at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where Terrell was to judge a slam-dunk competition.
On the witness stand, Donald testified that he, his brother and cousin were followed to the parking lot by Jeryme Cook, Casey Cothern and Anthony Henri. Cook, shouting profanities, made several aggressive moves toward Terrell, then took a swing, Donald Suggs said.
After Terrell flattened Cook with a punch, Henri struck Terrell in the head with a length of construction rebar, Donald said. He added that as he went to help his brother, Cook then tried to grab the bat that Donald had minutes earlier seized from Cothern. It was during this struggle that Cook may have been hit with the bat, Donald said.
Cothern then tried to wrestle the bat away and that's when he may have been struck, Donald said.
Terrell did not take the stand in his own defense.
Earlier Monday, Cook’s former friend Jared Harris told the jury Cook boasted about instigating the brawl, and how he would get rich after suing Terrell. A Chandler native who played college football at Arizona State, Suggs was taken 10th overall in the NFL draft a month after the March 29, 2003 fight.
The trial resumes at 10 a.m. today.