Originally published May 4, 2012 at 04:31p.m., updated May 4, 2012 at 06:06p.m.

Ex-KU basketball player Marcus Morris enters diversion agreement for battery charge


Former Kansas University and current NBA basketball player Marcus Morris has entered into a diversion agreement with prosecutors related to a February incident at a Lawrence nightclub.

Morris, 22, currently a Houston Rockets player, received a misdemeanor battery citation in Lawrence Municipal Court. Police said early on Feb. 26 a male employee of The Cave, 1200 Oread Ave., alleged he was punched by a man after a verbal dispute turned physical. It was also alleged that another man punched the employee from behind, police said at the time.

Morris and Julius K. Harris, 23, of Philadelphia, were both given notices to appear in municipal court.

Lawrence City Prosecutor Jerry Little said Friday that Morris had filed a diversion agreement and waived his right to a trial. Morris agreed to pay a diversion fee of $300 and $60 in court costs. He also agreed to have no contact with the victim and to not return to The Cave. Little said the diversion term runs for 12 months, meaning the case eventually will be dismissed if Morris fulfills those terms and stays out of further legal trouble during that time.

Little said prosecutors did notify the victim in the case that Morris applied for diversion, but they did not hear back from him.

Harris also has submitted a diversion application, but it has not yet been processed, Little said.


mikehawk 1 year, 11 months ago

OK. I think this has been up as a headline long enough. It is old news. In the large scheme of things, this is a minor incident and wouldn't be a such a huge deal if it were any other student or former student. It has been reported, and now it is time to take it down, or least find somewhere else less prominent for it to be posted. Marcus and his family deserve at least that much consideration.


RockChalkSam 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't know whats funnier, that he beat the heck out of the guy, or the comments.


NOTcrusher 1 year, 11 months ago

Stupid thug. Typical Jayhawk recruit.



IrishCharlie 1 year, 11 months ago

Once a thug, always a thug. Nice job Coach BS!


Benjamin Piehler 1 year, 11 months ago

Banishment from the cave? Thats not even a punishment... now he can find a good bar.


toe 1 year, 11 months ago

Is the battery rechargeable? If so, then only being locked up will help.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

There are two theorems that seem to be indisputable:

1] E = MC[sq'd] and

2] Pro player + $$$$$$$ + Club = Trouble

It took a genius to figure out the doesn't take a genius to figure out the second!!!


Jeremy Bolinger 1 year, 11 months ago

Everybody hates on KU basketball players because they are percieved as cocky, arrogant people. Yet, they allow them VIP treatment whenever they show up to their establishment. Perplexing.......


Sam Constance 1 year, 11 months ago

Man, KU basketball players must really dislike the staff at The Cave. They can't seem to help themselves from assaulting bouncers...

...or there's another explanation hidden in there somewhere.

I'd love to know the name of THIS bouncer so we could see if there is any connection to the bouncer who was allegedly assaulted by Thomas Robinson. Even if it's not, doesn't anyone else find it strange that two separate KU players would have altercations with the bouncing staff there?

The only common factors here are the Cave meatheads... er, bouncers, and locally-famous kids who happen to play/have played basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks.


manunitedjayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Didn't T-Rob have a run in with a bouncer at the Cave as well? That place seems to be trouble.


danno1313 1 year, 11 months ago

Play basketball, make millions, go home! Why is that so difficult? They never learn.


number1jayhawker 1 year, 11 months ago

They should have left that Harris dude back in Philly. He is a rotton apple.


repaste 1 year, 11 months ago

Close the cave. Assaults, gunshots,(big shots), after hours drinking.


Jeremy Bolinger 1 year, 11 months ago

I've never met a bouncer that wasn't a straight up tool. I'm guessing the "tough" bouncer isn't completely innocent in all of this.


Steve Jacob 1 year, 11 months ago

He also admitted to the assault, so I bet he wrote a check with a few zeroes in it.


thebcman 1 year, 11 months ago

...let Angel act as the judge and render her own justice, Morris-style.

So that's like, no blunts for six months?


Martin Rosenblum 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't think it will be a problem for Marcus to avoid The Cave for 12 months. As far as "..staying out of legal trouble during that time", he is an NBA player living in Houston and traveling around the country. Trouble, somehow will find him. Will a Lawrence judge only be concerned about what happens in his jurisdiction?

I say, let Angel act as the judge and render her own justice, Morris-style.


WisconsinJayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

"He also agreed to have no contact with the victim or return to The Cave."

Ack. Bad grammar by journalists drives me nuts.

So, given that he agreed to either have no contact with the victim OR to return to the Cave, maybe he'll just return to the cave. Then he can pester the victim all he wants.


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