A jury acquitted former ASU star and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs of assault charges today. Suggs shook the prosecutor’s hand and walked out of the courtroom to help his emotional younger brother, Donald Suggs, up from his knees in the hallway after the verdict.
Donald Suggs was also found innocent of two aggravated assault charges that could have landed him a mandatory prison term if convicted.
The charges stemmed from a March 29, 2003, brawl at Phoenix Municipal Stadium involving the Suggs brothers, their cousin, two passers-by who jumped in to help them and three alleged victims.
“I prefer two-a-days to prison any day,” Suggs said, referring to Ravens training camp, which starts Aug. 1. “You can give me six-a-days over prison.”
Jury foreman Jennifer O. Martinez of Surprise said the state’s evidence was insufficient and left the jury guessing as to what happened.
“We were not absolutely certain,” Martinez said. The victims, one of whom was Suggs’ best friend in high school, said Suggs threw the first punch, but witnesses called by the defense said one of the victims punched first.