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Tuesday, April 1, 2003
 
Agent: Suggs was hit trying to break up fight
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PHOENIX -- Former Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs plans to cooperate with police in their investigation of a fight.

Phoenix police are investigating a fight at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Saturday following a three-on-three basketball tournament. In the fight, Suggs was struck in the back of the head with a steel rod and a Mesa man was treated for a broken nose.

Suggs, regarded as a top-five selection in the April 26 NFL draft, was treated at a local hospital after the incident.

Suggs, who set a collegiate record with 24 quarterback sacks in 2002, said Monday he planned to meet with Phoenix police detectives Tuesday or Wednesday.

Gary Wichard, Suggs' agent, claims Suggs was hit first while trying to break up the conflict between Suggs' cousin and J.C. Cook of Mesa, who suffered a broken nose.

"It was a case of self-defense and that's it," Wichard said. "You get hit from behind and you react. What was he supposed to do? He's got a headache, but it could have been a lot worse."

Cook claims Suggs hit him first. Suggs said he was advised by lawyers to not comment until he talks to police.

"Anybody who knows me knows it's not like I've got a history of stuff like that," said Suggs, who has projected to be chosen as high as third the upcoming draft. "They know that I can play football and know I'm not a troublemaker."

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli was used in this report.